Ahoy, Navigators! Goodwin Competitive in Dragon Boat Race
With a steady drum beat and synchronic strokes of their oars, the students and staff members of the College’s dragon boat team competed well on Saturday, August 17.
Goodwin filled a full boat of rowers to compete in the Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, held on the Connecticut River waterfront in Hartford. A full day of racing left the team tired yet accomplished as the Navigators performed very well in each of its heats.
Goodwin College is a supporter of Riverfront Recapture, the organization which holds the annual Dragon Boat races. This year, 3,000 athletes comprised a total of 93 teams, including about two dozen people representing Goodwin.
“What a pleasure to be associated with such a fine group of staff and students paddling in this year’s Riverfront Recapture Dragon Boat races,” said Eric Emet, Director of Recreation and Club Athletics. “We certainly held our own, with a best time of 2:44; very impressive for a group that assembled as a unit only a couple of weeks ago.”
Donning blue jerseys with a dragon emblem emblazed on the front, the Navigators raced against other organizations from throughout the Greater Hartford region. The team practiced on the Connecticut River in preparation for the race, run along a 500-meter course that ended near the Connecticut Science Center.
Goodwin’s best result came in its third heat, finishing third. Emet, who captained the team, predicted that the Navigators will shave off about 10 seconds from its best time when the team competes again in 2014.
Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Originating in China, the sport has gone global, with festivals and races drawing thousands of competitors and spectators alike. Boats are designed in the image of a dragon and a drummer sits at the front, beating a steady rhythm to keep rowers in synch with each other.
Check out photos of Goodwin’s team and other images from the Asian Festival in our Flickr album.