We are halfway through the season and I haven’t really updated much so here’s mostly everything that happened in the past couple months.
Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
This is the first race of the season for the team and it is an away race in Tempe, Arizona. We sent one crew which placed 2nd place in B division.
A small mishap with this race which was reschedule and had a venue change. Nonetheless, we were able to finish strong in this race. Fast placed 2nd in Comp A and Furious placed 4th in Rec A.
Various Social Events
Thirsty Thursdays, Food Fridays, SF Giants Chinese Heritage Night, and a lot of smaller gatherings to get to know each other off the water. We have a Thirsty Thursday this coming Thursday (July 16) and several more coming up so keep an eye out for those.
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
Our second away race this season was in Vancouver, Canada. Not Washington. That one is later in the year. So we had two people right up their experience for this race due to miscommunication. >_>;;; One is a new paddler to the team and the other is relatively new (a little over a year old).
The first one is from Christina:
Hope everyone is having a fab summer! As everyone knows we’re in the middle of our racing season basking in summer heats *get it~?* This year Ripple combined with LightWave bringing two boats, RFX Fast and Ripple Lightwave to Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, BC; big thanks to Snap Dragons for hosting us! With all the predictions for rain this weekend, the one word to describe the weather was sunny! There were so many different teams from all parts of the world racing it out; it was great mingling and meeting so many different paddlers. Also as many Ripples would agree the overall of the race and race site was well organized with loads of vendors to check out in between heats.
We raced well! Ripple Effect Fast placed fourth in Recreational A Championship, Ripple Lightwave placed first in Recreational C Consolation, Women’s placed sixth in Recreational A Championship, and lastly Open placed first in Consolation.
All business aside, it was a lot of fun bonding with teammates off the water too. Many of us came in early on Friday for practice which meant most of us ate around town such as Japadog, dim sum, other food trucks (yum!). Later that night we went to Richmond Night Market, which had live music, shops, and many, many food vendors. On Saturday some of us went downtown to sightsee while others ate around Richmond. Lastly on Sunday the teams celebrated at Shabu-sen Yakinuki House for all you can eat seafood and drinking. Special thanks to Sarah Hunt for taking me on a Northwest roadtrip (Canada, Washington and Oregon)!
A totally awesome trip worth every moment with my teammates!
Special thanks to Hendrick and Silvia for photos and cabbies for inspiration. Next Race…. Alameda Sprints!
The second one is from Stephanie:
I had the pre race jitters and wasn’t able to get a good night’s sleep. Nonetheless, I woke up more eager than ever to paddle. It’s funny how much you realize the love and passion you have for something when only running on 3 hours of sleep suddenly doesn’t matter. All that mattered was that I woke up and knew that I was going to do something that I loved for the day.
I never realized how big the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival was until the festivities had commenced. The race area was packed with teams from all around the world; locals and travelers full of curiosity spectating the event. It felt amazing to be a part of something this big. Though every team was competitively racing with one another, there was still a strong presence of camaraderie throughout the entire event. As paddlers undocked from their boats, other paddlers lined up to give one another high fives and praise.
We were very lucky and blessed to have been hosted by a local women’s team. They provided us with tents, chairs, and delicious home baked goods. Without their motherly hospitality, we would’ve definitely not been able to survive the two day event.
There was such a huge range of teams present at the event; high school teams, collegiate teams, clubs, breast cancer survivor teams, blind teams, etc. It was truly inspiring and motivating to see all these people paddling. It made me want to try even harder in every aspect of my life. Many of these paddlers have undergone intense life changing events but have chosen to not let their obstacles consume them.
I just want to say that I love my team. This was my first ever international dragon boat competition and I couldn’t have done it without the support and care from my fellow teammates. It feels so great to have a solid team that genuinely cares about one another. I always look forward to practice and I can’t wait to paddle out with you all next week!
Since I got this post up late, sprints happened yesterday. Recap for it is coming soon, but the photos have been uploaded. Check it out in the photo section of this website or on our Flickr.