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January 20 - Yacht Club Rowing Race (OC6)

March TBD - Around Beaufort (OC6)

April 27/28 - Gold Coast Cup (Australia – OC6/1)

May 5 - Lamma 500 Dragon Boat

May 12 - DWB Dragon Boat Regatta

June 12 – Macau Dragon Boat for women; Dragon Boat event for Men (Venue TBD)

June 12, 13, 14 – Olamau OC6 (Hawaii)

June 22/23 - HK Internationals Dragon Boat

September 28/29 - HKDB Championships (and possible 2014 CCWC Qualification)

Around Lamma OC6

Po Toi OC6


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Weekday OC1 / ski 6:30am

Sat OC1 / ski 8:00am

Tue & Thur training, 7pm

Sat Dragon Boat, 10:00am


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Paddle Technique — Finish

The power stroke is brought to an end when the elbow of the lower arm is aligned with body and the shoulders are parallel to the seat ie. the neutral position, with the blade still fully in the water. Any power applied after this point, which is certainly possible, results from over-rotating the torso and more often will create a lifting force due to the angle of the paddle that will pull the boat down into the water and/or will ship water into the boat. This is an important point since the body is capable of exerting force beyond the neutral position, however, it is not an energy expenditure which will contribute effectively to the forward motion of the boat.

The paddle should be slipped diagonally up and out of the water leading with the upper hand as quickly and cleanly as possible with minimum resistance or splash (Deltoids). Many teams emphasize lifting the paddle high with the upper hand to keep the paddle as vertical as possible. This is good in flat water conditions and in boats with close seat spacing as it allows a paddler to reach up and around the paddler in front.

A common problem is that the FINISH is either initiated too early particularly when the stroke rating is high, or lacks any clear definition as the paddler begins to lift his blade out of the water half way through the COMRESSION phase. It is imperative that the paddler focuses on keeping the blade deep in the water and applying full power to the stroke right though to the FINISH position. Think of the vertical upper arm drive!

It’s worthwhile to focus on a 'power punch' at the FINISH to provide a kick at the end of the stroke similar to the aggressive CATCH at the beginning. To achieve this, the outside elbow should be kept close to the body and the paddle blade should be feathered out with a powerful kick from the forearms and biceps. The paddle should be brought out fast and high to avoid drag and to initiate a speedy RECOVERY. This will also help to push water away from the boat as the blade exits.

The FINISH should be executed with the same aggression and precision as the CATCH, and with the same timing throughout the boat.


The Hong Kong Island Paddle Club is proud to announce that the 11th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Races on 9th May 2010 was the first Carbon Neutral dragon boat race in the world. With the innovative partnership of Carbon Care Asia, a low carbon solutions specialist, this event was also Hong Kong's first carbon neutral sports event.



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