In the next few days I will talk about how to run a dragonboat event. First question you need to ask yourself is why do you want to do it? The effort in putting on an event is considerable but the rewards are not about making money.
So having decided ‘why’ the next thing is – how?
Before you even think of running an event, compete in as many dragon boat races as you can, both in your home town and overseas. Each event has its particular characteristics and that’s what makes the sport so great. Whilst we might moan and complain about the boats being too big, too small, too tippy, too heavy etc., this would be a boring sport if everywhere we go we had to race in IDBF standard boats.
Whilst competing you can observe at first hand the good and bad points in organising an event. Starting procedures in particular vary so much, it’s an education in itself to take part in races with “ready”, to “attention” where every team jumps the start. Lane markings, finishing posts, starting lines can all make or break a race. Use the good, ditch the bad and you have the beginnings of a great race.
Tomorrow I will talk about finding a good location.