Highlights From Helming Competition

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Another Cyprus Dragon boat competition is done. With more than 40 participants it wasn’t an easy event. All helming skills was needed in order to complete successfully the root and accomplish it with in a minimum time. As it was really interesting event and that was organized for the first time, spartans and viewers enjoyed it and had a wonderful time.

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You know you’re a real paddler when..

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People tend to ask us,”what got you into dragon boat,what’s so special about it?”

Well,certainly the name itself “Dragon Boat” is pretty cool and it catches the eye,but let’s be real for a second.When you just start trainings ,you will be a but weirded out to how you will have to actually synchronize with other 19 people..also,your clothes get wet! Dang..you forgot your hat,and it’s 40 degrees outside! What else can get in your way..

But..you know you’ve become a real paddler when you get comfortable around your team,you get yourself a ‘bum mat’,some gloves maybe, a hat, an extra shirt! And of course,you buy yourself a paddle and take of it like its your baby..but that’s not it! You learn to synchronize with others,balance,listen to the rhythm of the drums,the sound of the waves,the muscles you are using,and most of all,the concentration you give in this 2-hour training.

 

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How fast does a Dragon Boat go?

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You might think that a 20 paddler boat could be faster than a 10 paddler,but you might be wrong. It does not really depend on how many people there are and how fast they paddle,but the actual mathematics behind the boat’s length and speed.

When a dragon boat moves ahead, the water is parted to allow the hull to move through it. A bow wave forms at the forward end of the hull (bow) and a similar one forms at the back (stern).

In less words, the speed that the boat goes doesn’t depend on the strength of the athletes inside the boat,but it actually depends on physics,calculation of the hull with the waves in the sea,and just simple math to answer your question.

Hull speed (in knots) = 1.34 x the square root of the waterline length (in feet)

In metric:

Hull Speed (in m/sec) = 1.25 x the square root of the waterline length (in metres)

The secret to the Dragon Boating technique

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You might think dragon boating is fun,easy and also quite simple to learn. I mean it is after all one paddle in your hand,sitting on a bench and follwing a rhythm…however,there are many secrets behind the actual technique in dragon boating,which is why it makes the sport so addictive to people. And it is this addictiveness that a clever coach can use to take their team on a journey to realise their maximum potential.

The number one thing every coach advises, and the one thing Djordje Pavlovic,our team coach said to us ,is “to be able to make the team strong,give them a challenge”. Like that the team will have a target,work together , give their absolute best.

Challenges should get progressively harder; then drop slightly to let the paddler feel heroic and powerful. Eventually, the difficulty starts to ramp up again in order to present new challenges to the paddler.So coaches, give your crew challenges and when mastered, allow them to bathe in the glory before pushing them to the next level. Do this and you will find, not only, a much more receptive crew at training but also a fitter and more powerful crew.