Paddling with Raging Dragons
Raging Dragons – how it all began
Back in 2002, a group of university student friends built a remote controlled fighting robot and entered him into a competition. They named him ‘Rage’. His masters later decided to form an amateur dragon boat racing team. To commemorate their beloved robot creation, they called themselves the ‘Raging Dragons’.
It has taken over a decade of persistence and determination to get to where we are now. Today, Raging Dragons is a club with members of all ages and ethnic origins.
Rage continues to grow from strength to strength. Some of our members have gone on to represent Great Britain in European and World Championships, bringing home some gold medals in the process.
What is dragon boat racing?
The sport’s origins reportedly date back to around 278BC. According to legend, respected poet and minister Qu Yuan drowned himself in a river in protest against a corrupt government. Villagers raced out in boats to save him and threw dumplings into the river to deter fish from eating his body.
Modern day dragon boat racing is a thrilling and colorful sport. It is fiercely competitive, involving large teams of twenty paddlers, a drummer and a helm. A crew’s strength, stamina, timing and team work are crucial to its success. It is recognized as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
Dragon boating is a competitive sport that relies on timing and team work. See with your eyes. Listen with your ears. Paddle with your heart. Fight fatigue to emerge champions. Rage as one.
Want to try it out?
You don't have to be super fit – everyone has to start somewhere. We regularly welcome newbies to our training sessions...so chances are, you won't be alone :)
You can bring a buddy if you like, and our friendly team will look after you anyway. Your first three sessions with us are free. As a beginner, you'll be seated with or behind a Rage buddy so you have someone to follow. Just come and get a feel for timing, technique basics, and most importantly, have fun!
Just drop us a line and let us know when you're free to join us for a paddle :)