Japan America Society of Colorado

Dragon Boat

JASC Dragon Boat Team

2018 JASC Dragon Boat Team: Nichi-Bei-GO!

2018 JASC Dragon Boat Team: Nichi-Bei-GO!

JASC sponsored a Dragon Boat team for the first time in 2018. Team Nichi-Bei-GO had such a great time that with overwhelming requests from the JASC community, we have decided to sponsor a team for 2019! Our boat is made up of both Japanese and non-Japanese JASC members. You do not need prior paddling experience. (Our 2018 team was 90% novices!) We are competitive, but mainly focus on having a great time out on the water learning to paddle as one. If you are looking for a Japan-related team to join, enjoy being in a boat and are ready to smile and sweat, please join us!

JASC races in the 250 meter Flag Catching Division at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival on Sloan’s Lake. Our team must consist of 8 male paddlers, 8 female paddlers, 2 paddlers of either gender, 1 drummer (taiko drum) and 1 flag catcher. We also have 5 registered alternates who are part of the team, bringing our team to 25 people. We will also keep a wait list for those who would like to join us if the opportunity arises. All Dragon Boat team members must be members of JASC (click HERE for membership info). This year’s festival is the weekend of July 27-28, 2019. We are currently scheduled to race on Saturday, July 27th.

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If you would like to join the team, please read below for more details and team expectations:

  • JASC has paid the $1000 team registration fee. Nichi-Bei-GO team members are asked to pay $30 which covers the cost of 3 team practices and general team fee. If you also need to purchase a team t-shirt, you will need to pay an additional $10. (We will use the same t-shirt as 2018, so if you are paddling again, there is no need to purchase another t-shirt.)

  • You must participate in our team meetings which will be Saturday, May 18 and one Saturday in July (date TBD). The July team meeting will occur immediately following our practice.

  • You must participate in at least 2 of our team practices on the water. Our practices will be on Saturday mornings in June and July at Sloan’s Lake. Practice dates will be set as soon as we can register for them.

  • If you are interested in joining the team, please will out the form below. If you have a particular position you are interested in (flag catcher, drummer, paddler, alternate paddler, etc.) please indicate that in the appropriate spot. We will respond as soon as we are able.