The Cleveland Dragon Boat Association will be entering its second decade of paddling on the Cuyahoga River as we take to the water this spring. Please join us for fun, great exercise and community building.
Practices will begin in late May or early June at Rivergate Park, off of Merwin Avenue in Cleveland’s Flats, and continue until late September or early October, depending on weather conditions.
If you’re an individual looking to join a team, contact the CDBA and we can put you in touch with a team captain. If you’re a business, non-profit organization or group of friends looking to put a team together, we welcome you, for short-term or long-term participation.
Our festival day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Wendy Park. Local and regional teams will compete in a 250-meter race for the dragon boat cup. Race day includes entertainment, vendors and more.
Dragon boating is an ancient sport that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It’s been a dominant water sport in many Asian nations for centuries and has been growing in popularity in Europe, Canada and the United States for about the last 20 years. The CDBA is proud to be part of the trend.
A dragon boat – about 48-feet in length - consists of 20 paddlers, with two people on each of 10 benches. A steersperson at the back and a drummer at the helm complete the crew. The team paddles in sync, with vertical strokes that power the boat forward.Dragon boating is great exercise which helps to strengthen the whole body. The sport has grown in part because of participation by breast cancer survivor teams; BCS teams support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their members. The CDBA festival includes a BCS division and includes teams from The Gathering Place, which provides non-medical services free of charge to those touched by any type of cancer.
Please email or call us today if you’re interested in joining a team, forming a team, or if you have a team that would like to participate in our August festival.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, the CDBA will host a mini-festival in which local teams – community, corporate, families or organizations – come together for one day to race in front of our practice area at Rivergate Park. This will be far less formal than our regular race day and will be a fun event with lots of surprises. You don’t even need to be a regular paddler to join. Stay tuned for more details!