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Long Beach Races

August 2, 2010

Wow, another Long Beach Race has passed us by.  If you are looking for good weather and good friends, this race is the place to be.

Despite the seemingly continuing issues with mismatched boats and, frankly, less than par lineups at the start line, overall, we had so much fun.  A welcome addition was broadcasting which heats were marshaling by using Twitter.  I believe this is something that I suggested a few years ago.  Glad to see LB using technology to make things easier for marshaling!

It was great seeing our new paddlers race in their first (or second) dragon boat race.  I am so proud of all of you watching your rapid progression into veteran paddlers.

Our Red crew was very strong earning medals in their division.  Our Black crew was shorthanded this past weekend forcing us to race with one less male paddler.  The challenges continued with food poisoning affecting four (4) of our Black paddlers on Sunday.

What was remarkable was that through all of this, our team continued to battle.

We have taken some very positive steps forward as a team as we focus in on our next race of the season – Treasure Island.

Dragon boats resting the Friday night before the race.

LARD Men – practice start.

LARD Women in “faded” Boat 3.

LARD White.  Unbelievable.

Thanks to Billy, Alicia, Willie and countless others for taking race photos and video footage!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    August 11, 2010 9:30 am

    Are those Swift boats? Older or current models? Thoughts?

    • effectivepull permalink*
      August 11, 2010 9:44 am

      All of our boats in LB are Champions. They are solid boats – kinda like a heavy BuK knock off. I have no complaints when it comes to these boats. The problem I have is that although all boats in both sets of boats used in the LB races were all Champions, they were of different age, molds, and wear. Some were practice boats, other boats were from storage. I know for a fact some of those boats were significantly slower than others.

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