Technical team to be supported by International Dragon Boat Federation
Expect a better organized race when the Cebu Dragon Boat Fiesta returns for its second edition on April 13 to 15 at the Boardwalk of the City of Naga, south Cebu.
The first edition of the event last year didn’t go very well as some dragon boat teams complained of poor organization that led to cancellation of some final races.
But organizers last year said the negative feedback were only part of the birth pains.
With that in mind, an official for this year’s race said he expects improvement to be made.
“(I’m) expecting a lot better organized technical race management team this year supported by the IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation) officials,” said Dragon Boat Cebu Central’s (DBCC) Randy Su.
This year’s race already looks promising as several champion teams have signified their intention to compete again.
Among the teams that are back are the Philippine Navy, who were crowned as the inaugural champions in the Open Elite and Mixed Elite in the 500m standard boat categories, 500m small boat Mixed Elite and Women’s, 250m standard boat Mixed Elite, and 250m small boat Women’s.
Other clubs that have also confirmed are 500m small boat Open Club champions Team Siete Dos Maribojoc, 250m small boat Mixed Elite champions Dauis Wild Dragons, and 500m standard boat Open club Champions Dumaguete Yellowfins.
Also back are 500m standard Mixed Masters and 250m small boat Masters champion Dragons of North America, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Dragon Boat Team.
According to DBCC secretariat Stephie Agbay, they are also looking to add the 250m and 500m cancer survivors categories.
But that will still depend if there are enough entries in those categories.
Registration is still open with the early registration fee pegged at P800 per person until March 15.
After that, the fee rises to P1,000 per person.
Inquiries may be coursed through Dragon Boat Cebu Central’s Facebook page.