Dragon boats are traditional longboats that have been used for centuries for religious and community celebrations, as well as competitions. Nowadays, dragon boat racing is the fastest growing water sport in the world and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get plenty of exercise and make new friends. The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) is the governing body of the sport. In Cambodia, dragon boats are used to pay homage to the Khmer Empire's navy and are part of the Bon Om Touk water festival.
In China, traditional dragon boat races coincide with the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month. At modern dragon boat festivals, a representative is invited to paint the eyes on a dragon ship's head with a brush dipped in red paint. The Experience Dragon Boat Train & Race package is a five-week program leading up to the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival. When you arrive at the park, tell the front door that you are attending the dragon boat festival and follow the signs to the festival car park.
It is important to note that every boat should be adorned with a dragon's head and tail. The rowers look in the direction of the movement of the ships, while the dragonists row like a canoe and paddle in the opposite direction. The date on which regattas are held is known as double fifth, since Duanwu is considered the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is also important to note that it is located on the upper part of the steering arm, which protrudes perpendicularly on the left rear of a dragon boat.
The direction of the dragon boat during the race is set by the helm, but to dock and perform other maneuvers, individual rowers can be asked to paddle (while others stop the boat or rest) according to the drummer's or helm's orders. It would be a good idea to look at the ship's diagram, print it out, and place team members in specific locations as you acquire them. Additionally, it is essential to have a classic seat cushion in the shape of a dragon boat for comfort during races. This cushion should have two removable inserts made of 100% chloroprene.
By following these tips and techniques, you can ensure that your team has an enjoyable and successful experience at any dragon boat race in Orlando, Florida.