On Friday 27 March 2015 the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club played host to Dragon Boat races on the creek. Given the sports continuing and growing popularity it wasn’t surprising to see such an enthusiastic turnout out of both competitors visiting not just from Dubai, but also from as far afield as Ras al Khaimah, and Abu Dhabi and their loyal supporters.
Like all sports one needs to be fit to keep up with the pace at which these boats go. It’s unique popularity is not just about fitness and the competitive desire to win. There is so much more to it than that. There is a wonderful atmosphere and sportsmanship among all the competitors and their supporters. This sport is gaining popularity and will continue to become more popular because it’s an inclusive team sport and allows for a day of fun for not just competitors, but also their families and friends and other interested parties who invariably follow along. The UAE has a huge expatriate population and anyone can try dragon boating, you don’t have to be an expert, and those that do usually end up really enjoying it for its team camaraderie and the social aspect to the practices and the events.
Gorgeous views of the teams starting their race on the creek alongside the yachts anchored in the marina with the Burj Khalifs dominating the skyline
The competing teams were:
Abu Dhabi Mar
Our kRAKen Team before the start of the race.
Congratulations to the Dubai Warriors who won the open and mixed categories.
The most important thing about this day was that it wasn’t just a competition. It was a wonderful social occasion with great people, and teams having fun on the Dubai Creek.
If anyone is interested in joining the local Ras Al Khaimah kRAKen dragon boat team, they are based out of the Ras Al Khaimah International Marine Sport Club on the corniche. Anyone is welcome to join and you can contact Rina Gauer on +971 50 195 8015 or the team coach Francis Morales on +971 50 983 0331 for more information.
I’ve also made a video about the whole competition. You can click here to watch it.