2012 PERDIDO KEY DRAGON BOAT RACES
Perdido Key Chamber & Visitors Center and ResortQuest are proud to present the 2012 Perdido Key Dragon Boat Races April 14 on Perdido Key!
The boats, decorated with dragon heads and dragon tails, use 22-person crews. Training is provided and the event is open to all ages and all skill levels. Often, businesses, military and civic groups and church organizations participate in the races.
The 2012 Dragon Boat Races, a daylong event, will also offer arts, crafts, merchandise and children's activities outside the Oyster Bar, 13700 River Road in Perdido Key. The colorful activity goes back more than 2,000 years, but in the last couple decades, thanks to "dragon fever," the sport has spread internationally, with 50 million participants in 63 countries.
Practice sessions began 4/2, held on the Intercoastal Waterway at SeaSpray Condominiums. They are not mandatory, but teams are entitled up to 3 practices. There are several sessions to choose from: Weeknights (4/2–4/6 and 4/9–4/13) from 6-7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday (4/7 and 4/8) from 9-10:30am or 4-5:30pm.
Please arrive 15 minutes early so you are ready to paddle at scheduled practice time, life jackets and all equipment provided. SeaSpray Perdido Key Condominiums is located at 16287 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507. Parking is available in the gulf side parking lot. To schedule your practices, call Jerome Seremak at (850) 637-1483 or Lori Crace at 850-492-4660, Jerome can also be reached via email by clicking here.
Manitoba Paddling Association, a leader in dragon boat racing, will provide training, equipment and boats. The crews include 20 rowers, a drummer to synchronize their efforts, and a "sweep" who steers the boat. Organizers will provide sweeps to maximize safety.For more information, contact the Perdido Key Visitors Information Center at (850) 492-4660.
REGISTER TODAY! $50 per person registration includes use of official dragon boat, entry fee, equipment, training, team photo and your official 2012 Perdido Key Dragon Boat Races t-shirt!