Dragon Boat Race


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The Wayne State Confucius Institute sponsored a dragon boat team for the seventh straight year at the Capital City Dragon Boat Race sponsored by the Women's Center of Greater Lansing. The races took place on Sunday, September 15, 2019, beginning at 8 AM at Hawk Island Park, on Lansing's south side. Each team consisted of 18 paddlers, a drummer, a flag catcher, and a sternsman provided by the American Dragon Boat Association. The teams, some quite accomplished and some assembled for the first time, took part in time trials in the morning and were placed into heats of four based on their average time in two morning races. Two races are necessary because the current of the river inevitably flows a bit faster on one side than the other. 

The WSU 2019 Confucian Warrior Dragon Boat Team, consisting largely of WSU students, staff, and alumni--with most taking part in the event for the first time--finished 12th in a field of 18, with an average time of less than 0.4 seconds behind three immediate competitors. The WSU Confucius Institute provided bus transportation to and from Lansing, breakfast and lunch boxes, and hats and t-shirts for its team members. A film crew from Beijing Communication University was on hand, following the WSU-CI staff for a documentary they had begun filming about American Confucius Institutes three days prior.   

The event commands a great deal of stamina, technique, and synchronization, as participants on two sides of a long, specialized boat paddle 250 yards with the intent of having their flag catcher snatch their team's designated, buoyed flag in the shortest possible time. Winners are determined by shortest average times after racing on each side of the river.

In spite of a bit of rain and some huddling under tents this year, a good time was had by all!

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Dragon Boat Race 9/19/2019
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