Dragon Boat Race Weekend
Last weekend was the first time all year that I was able to attend a dragon boat race. As the race announcer at the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Championships, I usually spend a whole season watching the races and tracking the local teams, in addition to helping run the races and coaching teams. With Punky's birth, I am no longer able to commit to more than a few hours a year to helping the CDBA (California Dragon Boat Association), the dragon boat race organization that runs the race.
That's a shame, because the SF race has grown to become a big-time event. We even have a title sponsor, Kaiser Permanente. And the number and quantity of participating teams are at an all-time high. This year, we had teams from Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich (Germany), Portland, Toronto and Vancouver attend the race.
The dragon boat race at Treasure Island in San Francisco drew a record crowd
The German dragon boat team enjoyed their first visit to the United States