2010 Glory Cup, Shanghai.
Sorry no updates until now. Getting on the Internet has been quite the challenge.
Quick summary – this race seemed to be a big deal in China – tv cameras everywhere, people lining the streets and bridges to watch. There were teams from Germany, Philippines, Macau, Hong Kong, and Japan. The Shanghai Dragon Boat Association really did a great job making everyone feel welcome. There were more than a handful of professional teams – by professional I mean paddling and training as a day job and racing for prize money as a salary bonus. As a result, there were some teams that, well, just took off on us.
We were projected to finish in the bottom 1/2 of the races – or 18th out of the 20 teams in the tournament depending on who you talked to. Rather, we finished 6th place overall (based on a scoring system encompassing 250s and 500s) taking home a SWEET trophy and about $1,300.00 in prize money. The money went straight to the SCDBC to help buy the Long Beach community new dragon boats.
We definitely spread the Kialoa love internationally as the Philippine team wanted to buy our Kialoa paddles from us. Thank you so much, Kialoa, for your generous support. Thank you, Dr. Chen and the SCDBC for your never-ending support. Also, thanks to the Long Beach paddlers that took the time to train and travel to make this a race I will never forget.
More to come later. Here are a few pictures – that I managed to get to my iPad.