We woke up (early)
I’m missing a few details, but at the end of the day most of us felt like this:
CDBA Regional Regatta was held on May 3, 2014. Our local race that takes place in our own Lake Merced! Ripple brought out 2 strong mix dragon boat crews as well as an Open crew and a Women’s crew. Coming into this competition our Ripple athletes certainly had their eyes on the prize. After a tough day of paddling the results showed us that hard work pays off. 1st in D Division for Furious, 1st in A Division for Fast, 4th for the women’s boat, and 1st for our open crew.
I wanted to emphasis the “WE” in my intro because that was what this weekend was all about. I definitely felt the team spirit on the boats as well as cheering on shore. The name on that trophy paddle reads Ripple Effect and that means we all worked for it!!! It was awesome to see some Ripple alums come out to help drum and manage our food! Thank you for holding the fort down! A shout out goes to all the kiddies that came out to paddle!
In addition, this was a weekend of firsts for a few (including myself!) Our head coach Eddie steered his first race while Manh was the lead stroke for his first race! Stroking along side Manh was a completely new experience for me as well. Furious boat came together and performed better with each race throughout the day. Stumbled a bit out of the gate with the first race, but we seized the moment in the finals. I’m extremely proud of how we came together.
I was also extremely proud to wear orange and black while cheering for Fast. Fast DOMINATED the competition from the start of the day. More importantly, they didn’t let it get to their heads and stayed focus. That focus earned Ripple back to back championships!!!
Our women’s boat also gave the competition a run for their money. Our Ripple ladies earned their right to paddle in the finals.
I felt truly humbled and honored to paddle for our open crew for first time. I’ve never been on a boat that FLIES before. I thought it would be considered cheating to have a motor attached to the boat, but the photos revealed our boat was powered by these:
Suns out guns out right??
With our HK dragon boat race as well as the sprint race coming up, there’s a lot to look forward to and be excited about. Time to work even harder! Don’t forget to party hard too!
I thought the nicknames given to Open and Women’s boat were pretty creative. I don’t think ‘Instigator’ describes me though. It’s clearly Chuck starting problems by pouring water on Eddie.
Before the 2000m race starts, Ben decides to walk home, take a shower, and change. He gets back to the race site and the race still hasn’t started yet!