Dragon boating originated in China around 2,500 years ago, and is still practiced today in traditional water ceremonies. The boats are long and usually brightly painted and decorated, with huge sculpted dragons' heads mounted on the front. The crew is made up of a large number of paddlers (sculls), a steersperson and a drummer who beats out the paddlers' rhythm (and usually shouts encouragement as well).
In the original races it was considered good luck for boats to capsize and for a crewmember to drown, as a sacrifice to the gods. Nowadays racers practice the sport as a supreme exercise in teamwork and physical prowess. Dragon boat races are always loud and colourful events that bring together whole groups and families.
The National Governing Body for dragon boating is:
Factsheets on dragon boating
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Rules on dragon boating
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