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Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Summer is almost over, including the dragon boat season, and I haven’t even made a single post about this year’s season!  The Anniemaniacs started the 2011 season with a race at the Tacoma Dragon Boat Race festival.  There’d been many mishaps in the past regarding this race and the Anniemaniacs.  In 2009, the Maniacs (despite winning first in all heats) were forgotten for the finals races due to race disorganization.  That disappointment had us skipping the 2010 race.  This year, we returned to Tacoma (“you guys came back?  we thought we’d never see you here after what happened last time”), eager to get a race in before heading to Vancouver, BC for the big Alcan race.

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race
Maniacs are back and excited for Tacoma!

The Maniacs did well, with first places in all qualifying races.  After a two year dry spell of tough competition, hard racing, but no medals, the Anniemaniacs took 2nd place medals!

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race
The proud coaches, with medals!

At one point, with the race ahead of schedule, it looked like there was going to be enough time to squeeze in some bonus semi finals races.  Then, a dragonboat capsized!  A large wake swamped a team in the middle of a heat and the women’s team, Women on Water, found themselves *in* the water.  A cruise boat picked them up and the race was delayed an hour.

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race

Tacoma Dragon Boat Race
Volunteers and other teams paddled out to help bail the capsized boat and collect lost paddles.

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