Capital Lakes DragonFest

Race & Team Information

The 2017 Capital Lakes DragonFest will be limited to 40 teams.

How to Form A Team

Grab 24 family members, friends, or co-workers and join us at our fourth dragon boat festival! Never picked up a paddle before? No problem. We provide a coach, experienced steersperson and a practice session so your team is ready for an action-packed day on the water. You bring a team and we provide the fun!

Teams are allowed a maximum of 24 registered members, comprised of:

  • 1 Drummer
  • 20 Paddlers
  • 3 Alternates
  • Team Manager (one of the individuals noted above)
  • 1 Capital Lakes DragonFest qualified steerperson will be provided for your boat.

2016 Teams

Team Team Category Sponsor Race Category
Coulee Region Paddlers Community   Club
Dean Oncobusters Survivor & Supporters Dean Health/SSM Health Care of WI Novice
Dragon Divas Survivor   Club
Proud Mary's Survivor & Supporters Dean Health/SSM Health Care of WI Novice
Puff's Magic Dragon Boat Community   Novice
TEAMSurvivor Madison Survivor   Club
TEAM Rhodium Community   Novice
Mighty Mabels Community    
Pink Paddling Power Survivor Wheaton Franciscan Heathcare Club
Arashi Community   Club
RGBeasts Community   Novice
Luck of the Draw Community/Survivor   Novice
It's Always Something Survivor/Supporter Gilda's CLub Madison Novice
Wildwoodians Business Wildwood Family Clinic Novice
LaX Mississippi Sisters Survivor   Club
Paddlin' for MB Community   Club
Fast Twitch Medusa Community   Novice
Chinese Friendship Community   Novice
Amtelco Ducks Community Amtelco Novice
UW Carbone Cancer Center Survivor/Supporter UW Carbone Cancer Center Novice
Flabongos Community   Novice
Kentucky Thorough-Breast Survivor/Supporter Paddling for Cancer Awareness Club
Cedar River Gang Community   Club
N'Sync or Swim Community   Club
Flying Ears Community Paddlin' for MB Club
Breast of Friends Community Survivor Club
Lands' End Guaranteed. Period Business Lands' End Novice
Motley Crew Community   Club

Practice FAQís

1. Where is practice held?
Practices are held at Vilas Park.
Hint: Look for the really big (45 feet long) brightly colored boats and go there. Team Survivor Madison members will be on site directing people.

2. What do I bring to practice?
Bring an open mind, clothes & shoes that can get wet, and maybe some dry clothes for the ride home. A water bottle can come in handy. Also, come ready to have fun! Paddles (specific to dragon boating) & PFDís are provided. You are welcome to bring your own PFD. Bring your waivers and Festival paperwork.

3. How long is practice?
Practice will be 55 minutes long. Please arrive early to allow for the time it takes to coordinate people. We cannot run practices late.

4. What if I canít get everybody to practice?
We understand that itís hard to get 20+ people in the same place at the same time. Practice attendance is as much about safety as it is training. Additionally, these boats are very heavy. If 16 people show up for practice, the boat is going to feel and paddle much differently than it will on race day when the boat is full making it sit lower in the water. Greater results, success and fun can be anticipated if everyone shows up for practice. We require a minimum of 16. If it looks like it wonít happen, let us know in advance so we can figure out a way to make it work.

5. Will we paddle if itís raining?
Yes. Itís a water sport, we usually get wet anyway.

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Race Information

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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