Continuing Our Proud Tradition
In August 2019, SDDBT competed at the Paddle West 2019 PDBA Championship Qualifier for the opportunity to represent PDBA (Pacific Dragon Boat Association) with crews in Premier Mixed and Senior B Women divisions. In this fierce competition held at Ridgefield Waterfront in Ridgefield, WA, both SDDBT teams won 1st Place in their respective divisions and became PDBA Regional Champions for those two divisions.
While SDDBT’s teams were slated to compete at the 12th IDBF Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships in Aix-Les Bains, Riviera Des Alpes, France in August 2020, that event was cancelled due to the International Dragon Boat Federation’s concerns over the COVID-19 situation.
This year, SDDBT is at it again as crews train to compete for berths for the 14th Club Crew Championships to be held in Ravenna, Italy Sept. 5-8, 2024. First stop on this quest is the USA competition in Sarasota, FL from July 21-23, 2023.
Know that SDDBT will continue on this path to compete for future bids, with high expectations to once again score the opportunity to compete on this high profile global stage.
We are seeking donations to help offset team expenses with training and travel. Thank you for any financial support you may be able to provide!
SDDBT is a current member in good standing with PDBA that represents the U.S. Western Region as part of the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF). Since its incorporation in August 1999, PDBA has attracted membership teams from Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Montana and Nevada.
In addition to U.S.A. based competitions, our members travel extensively to compete against the best teams in the world. Foreign competitions have involved numerous trips to Asia, including more than a dozen stops in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau. Members have also traveled to Europe for races in Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Other competitions have taken us to South Africa, Canada and Australia. We encourage our members to keep their passports up-to-date!
SDDBT’s Zoey Chesny, Seren Kindt and Alan Loi (not pictured) helped Team USA Under 24 haul in the bling at the 14th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Dragon Boat World Championship held in Pattaya-Rayong, Thailand in August 2019. Andi Liskay, former SDDBT President, accomplished the same with Team USA Senior B Women and Senior B Mixed crews. While the COVID outbreak derailed this prestigious event in recent years, the 16th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships will return to Rayong-Pattaya this August. Count on SDDBT members to be among those representing Team USA in multiple crews at the Royal Thai Navy Rowing and Canoeing Training Center (RCTC) from August 7-13.