POSTED 5/25/2018: We are roughly two months out from the race. Good to know: ·Team members will be able to relax and gather between races in the team village. We encourage you to bring a team tent. The tent can be up to 10’ by 10’ square and 8’ tall or smaller. Your team will be given a specific location in the team village, as indicated on a village map we’ll provide before the event. The team village will be located in a parking lot, so you will need to bring weights for your tent legs in case it is windy. Bring chairs, snacks, games and decorations for your tent. ·Paddling teams are known for being lively and having loads of fun. We encourage you to develop a team cheer to chant as you are preparing to paddle. Not only will your team have fun chanting it, the crowd will be able to feel your excitement, as well. Some teams are even bantering online through social media in advance — what will your team do? ·We encourage you to create a team theme and dress in costume. Costumes must be family-friendly and appropriate for racing. ·Most of your needs for participation are provided for you: oThe boat, personal flotation devices and dragon boat experts. On race day, there will also be a medical response team. oPorta potty facilities will be set up on the grounds. ·Paddlers, drummers and steerspersons must wear nonslip shoes or sandals with a heel strap (Crocs, water shoes, athletic shoes) at all times. Flip flops are not allowed. ·You may wear knee pads, seat cushions and/or gloves. Personal flotation devices ·We will provide adult personal flotation devices with adjustable straps. These will accommodate most adults; flotation device sizes correspond with adult t-shirt sizes small through XXL. ·The adult flotation devices are frequently used at many festivals and occasionally have a special “fragrance” that some people may find unpleasant. You are welcome to bring your own personal flotation device as long as it is USCG (U.S. Coast Guard) approved. If it is an inflatable personal flotation device, it must be charged and worn as designed in front of the torso. ·If you feel the provided floatation devices may not accommodate your size and stature, please bring your own. Team spirit awards Spectators and participants will be voting for their favorite team tent, best dressed drummer and team spirit award. Individuals may cast their vote at the Queen’s tent located in the Team Village. Votes will be awarded during the awards ceremony. We encourage all team members to vote. Be sure to dress to impress and show teamwork, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Reminder The YMCA of Eau Claire has developed a unique membership opportunity for dragon boat team members who aren’t YMCA of Eau Claire members. Training is optional. POSTED 2/1/2018:
What is dragon boating? Dragon boating is a team sport that has its roots in ancient China. Dragon boating is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Each boat is propelled by a team of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steers person. Races take place in heats on courses of 250 meters.
When is the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival? On Aug. 4, 2018, at Half Moon Beach in Eau Claire, racing begins at 9:00 a.m. This community event also includes music, children’s activities and food vendors.
Where is the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival Held? The festival is held at Half Moon Beach, 615 Randall Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Registration: Team of 21-25 people: $1100 Individual Paddler registration: $55 (price increases June 1st) Individual Paddlers are placed on a team and notified 2 weeks prior to race with Team information.
What you receive for paddling: Dragon Boat T-shirt, Medal & Swag Awards: 1st Place Team: Trophy Fastest Team: Paddle Award Top Individual Fundraiser: $500 Top Team Fundraiser: Entire Team Progressive Dinner in Downtown Eau Claire! Value $2500 Best Decorated Tent: Mayo Swag Bag Team Spirit: Mayo Swag Bag Best Dress Drummer: Mayo Swag Bag Best Food Truck: Traveling Trophy
Beneficiaries of this festival: *Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. *Joshua's Camp *Wig Bank *American Cancer Society
Can teams fundraise: Yes!! Once your team is registered, you will have a team and person page you are welcome to share and fundraise to help support local area Cancer Services! It is only of goodwill and is not an obligation, so please know you are not required to fundraise to be a part of this incredible event.
Ideas for fundraising: Use of Team and Individual pages from the Half Moon Dragon Boat Registration, Local business support, Bake Sales, Brat Stands, Festival Volunteer work, Craft Sales... endless ideas. Pinterest is a great resource to find fun ideas to include all ages!
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