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"Dragon Boats, Vancouver Lake, Washington"
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Dragon Boats, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.


Vancouver Lake Dragon Boats ...
(to come)

Pacific Dragon Boat Association Races, 2015 ...
Vancouver Lake chosen to host 2015 Dragon Boat Championship:

"The Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA), the governing body for dragon boat racing in the Western United States is pleased to announce the selection of Vancouver, WA as the site of the 2015 PDBA Western Region Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

Double Fifth Dragon Boating of Vancouver, WA will host the event, which is scheduled for August 1st and 2nd, 2015. Double Fifth is a Vancouver based professional dragon boat race management company and one of the largest retailers of dragon boat equipment in the world.

The PDBA Championships are held every two years in preparation for the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championships. This regatta will select regional representative teams to represent the United States at 2016 World Championship in Adelaide, Australia. Elite club teams train year round to prepare for this world class event. This year, in addition to the elite crews attempting to qualify for Adelaide, Corporate, Community and Recreational Teams will compete against each other in Paddle West Championship for the West Coast. These added divisions allow all dragon boat teams a chance to compete against crews of similar ability.

Club teams will compete in the following racing divisions: Premier (the elite division with no age restrictions), Masters (40 and over), Grand Masters (50 and over), U-24 (College teams) and Juniors (under 18). Within each division there are three racing classes: Open (no gender restrictions), Women (all female crew), Mixed (minimum of 8, maximum of 12 women) and a Breast Cancer Survivor division. The 2015 championship winners will be eligible to represent the United States at the IDBF World Club Crew Championships in Australia in the fall of 2016. Club teams that are not part of the PDBA will compete for Best in the West bragging rights.

Over 2,000 athletes, coaches and supporters, many from outside the area are expected to attend the regatta. The host club is Vancouver Lake Crew who has partnered with Double Fifth Dragon

Dragon boating traces its roots back over 2,300 years to China. In the Western Region of North America over 6,000 people participate in dragon boating and world-wide over 50 million people, most in Asia, are dragon boat paddlers.

Races are straight line sprints over three distances, 1000 meters, 500 meters and 200 meters. The racing is fast with a top crew completing the 200m course in under 45 seconds. That may not seem fast until you consider the weight. A fully loaded dragon boat carries a load approaching two tons!

Vancouver Lake was chosen for several reasons. The lake has a championship regatta course that hosts numerous regional rowing championships. Vancouver Lake Park is a beautiful setting just a few miles from downtown Vancouver. The city is easily accessible by car or air and reasonable hotel rates makes it economical. Most of all the city and county are enthusiastically supporting the event."


Source:    Pacific Dragon Boat Association website, 2015.


Dragon Boats ...

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Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Dragon Boats, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Tail, Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.


Kearney Breast Center ...

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Kearney Breast Center Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Kearney Breast Center Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Kearney Breast Center Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Kearney Breast Center Dragon Boat, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.


Teams ... August 2, 2015 ...

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Loading, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Loading, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Racers, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Wasabi Paddlers, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Long Beach Masters, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Team Fusion, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.


Racing ... August 2, 2015 ...

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Racing, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.
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Finish line, Dragon Boat races, Vancouver Lake, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2015.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...
we got under way verry early [from their camp near Wapato Portage] and had not proceeded to the head of the island [Bachelor Island] before we met with the three men of the Clan-nar-min-a-mon's who met us yesterday brackfast at the upper point of the Island [Bachelor Island] we met Several of the Clackstar and Cath-lah-cum-up in two canoes. Soon after we were overtaken by Several Canoes of different tribes who reside on each Side of the river the three above Tribes and the Clh-in-na-ta cathy-lah-nah-qui-up & Cath-lah-com-mah-tup reside on each Side of Wappato inlet [Multnomah Channel] and back of Wappato Island [Sauvie Island] which Island is formed by a Small Chanel which passes from the Lower part of Image Canoe Island [Hayden Island] into an inlet which makes in from the S W. Side, and receves the water of a Creek which heads with the Kil a mox River. this wappato Island [Sauvie Island] is about 18 or 20 Miles long and in places from 6 to 10 miles wide high & furtile with ponds on different parts of it in which the nativs geather Wappato. nearly opposit the upper point of the Isld. behing which we encamped last night, or on the Wappato Isld. is Several Camps of the nativs catching Sturgion. about 5 miles Still higher up and on the N E. Side we halted for brackfast at the place which We had encamped the 4th of November last [near Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge]. here we were visited by several canoes of Indians from two Towns a Short distance above on the Wappato Island [Sauvie Island]. the 1st of those Tribes Call themselves Clan-nah-quah and Situated about 2 miles above us, the other about a mile above Call themselves Mult-no-mah ...     at 10 a. m. we Set out and had not proceeded far before we came to a landing place where there was Several large canoes hauled up, and Sitting in a canoe, appearantly waiting our arival with a view to join the fleet indian who was then along Side of us. this man informed he was a Shoto and that his nation resided a little distance from the river. we landed and one of the indians pointed to the Shoto village which is Situated back of Pond [Vancouver Lake] which lies parrelal with the river on the N E. Side nearly opposit the Clan-nah quah village. here we were also joined by Several Canoes loaded with the natives from the Island who Continued to accompany us untill about 4 oClock when they all returned and we proceeded on to the place the Indians Stole my Tomahawk 4th Novr. last [Hayden Island] and Encamped in a Small Prarie ["Jolie Prairie" where Fort Vancouver and Pearson Airpark would some day be located] above a large Pond on N. E and opposit the Center of image Canoe Island [Hayden Island]. capt Lewis walked out and Saw Several deer. Jo. Field Shot at Elk he killed and brought in a fine duck. ...     we made 22 Miles only to day the wind and a Strong current being against us all day, with rain. discovered a high mountain S E. Covered with Snow which we call Mt. Jefferson [Mount Jefferson, Oregon]





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

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All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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