Ten pops of quick, short paddles, followed by a one minute set of long strokes and finishing strong, digging deep into the river to pull the water back, we experienced what it was like to race a Dragon Boat.
Our group of fun and fearless ladies met up at the Red Dragon Canoe Club in Beverly NJ, where the South Jersey Dragon Boat Club is also based. Lisa Mercuro and her team members shared boat safety tips beforehand to keep us all onboard (and out of the water!) Then we were off and into the sunset for wet and wild adventure...
Ladies, 18 to 68 years young, mixed along the boat according to size, skill and strength all took part in the action of powering the craft along the Delaware. During our practice we were even greeted by the enormous Iron Lady, a cargo ship passing through the same channel.
The first few rounds weren't exactly in sync, as we learned how to hold our paddles and where to place them into the water for the most effective, and most comfortable effort to propel us forward. Though, it didn't take us long to catch our stride and feel the teamwork working for us, making the process smoother and a lot less wet!
What an exhilarating time it was for all of us! Our special thanks to Lisa Mercuro and her team for introducing us to the art and joy of the "DRAGON EFFECT - Enjoyment, Fitness, Fellowship, Education, Community & Teamwork." We loved every minute and can't wait to do it again.
Who's ready for the next adventure?