Skip to main content
HomeDragon Boat 2017
To edit the text in the left column, highlight and select the text and either type or paste in from a plain text editor. Do not paste from Word or a rich text editor as the formatting may be inserted. To insert a link in the right hand column, click in an empty space and use the Link Builder tool accessed from the editor toolbar. Links will automatically format. To change or replace the image, right click and select replace image from the context menu. Highlight and select the image caption to change or delete the text.

ashby villagers on board

Story by Steve Scholl, Ashby Village Member Volunteer


A dragon boat is a long, slender, paddle-powered craft. Stepping from the dock at Berkeley Marina into such a boat caused a brief flashback to a long-ago canoe adventure. Someone (not me) foolishly stood up abruptly in mid-stream. We were all dunked. The 27 Ashby Village volunteers and friends, ranging in age from 13 to 79, who showed up on August 26 at the marina for a dragon boat experience were in far better hands. Members of DragonMax, a local club, provided equipment and an introduction to the sport. Personal Flotation Devices, aka life vests, were distributed along with paddles of suitable length. We novices learned a few commands (paddles up! take it away! hold the boat!). Following directions ensures that everyone’s efforts work toward the same goal: a smooth, efficient, and safe glide on the waters of the bay.


Speed can also be a goal. The two Ashby Village boats, with the help of a few experienced high schoolers and DragonMax members, engaged in a couple of short races. Each boat won one heat (but not by much). The Ashby Village craft also took on a dragon boat powered by UC and high school students. Despite a head start, the Villagers managed to eke out a loss. Although we lacked skill, we made up for it with zeal. Nothing stood in the way of enjoying a fine morning on the water followed by a lazy picnic on the grass. An excellent time was had by all. Many thanks to Pat Carvalho for organizing and to the DragonMax boaters and friends.


   dragon boat 2017