What is Dragon Boating and Why Should I Do It?

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So, you’ve made your way to the Rip City Paddlers site and now you’re wondering, “What is this dragon boat thing that I’ve been hearing so much about?” or, “How can I get myself on one of those rad boats?” or, “Hey, I was searching for Portland Trailblazers memorabilia, how did I end up here?” It’s cool. We’ll answer all of your questions.

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2017 Season Update

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We are a few months into the season and it’s going great! We’ve added twelve new ladies to the roster this year, and the team is looking fantastic! We’ve been practicing hard, working on a new race strategy that really paid off in Olympia last month, at the Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival . We finished 5th overall, out of 14 Women’s teams. Looking forward to our next race in Salem at the World Beat Festival on June 24th.

Skaryoke costume and karaoke contest

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Come join Rip City Paddlers for our 8th annual Skaryoke costume and karaoke contest! This year’s theme is comic book characters. All villains, heroes, and distressed damsels welcome.

This event is our fall fundraiser which helps our dragonboat team pay for boat rentals and race entries. We will be hosting this year’s Skaryoke event at Triple Nickel Pub. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $12 advance purchase or $15 at the door. There will be karaoke and costume prizes as well as a 50/50 raffle and drink specials. This is a 21+ event.

Click here to purchase your tickets online or donate to the team via Eventbrite.

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6TH ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION AND WINE RAFFLE (UPDATED 6/24)

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Want to win a case of wine and bid on fabulous items from local businesses and artists? RCP can help. Please join us on Friday June 26th at the Analog Cafe and Theater for our 6th annual silent auction and wine raffle fundraiser event! Read on for a list of our generous auction donors. Full event details here.

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Race Day – Vancouver, WA 2015

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This past Memorial Day weekend we participated in the Paddle for Life dragon boat races, a festival to benefit the Disabled Veterans Water Sports Program at Vancouver Lake. Up until two days before the race, we thought we were participating in the 250 meter races, and we had been training accordingly. In fact, up until the day before the race, we hadn’t practiced a single 500 meter race. Imagine our surprise when the schedule put us in the 500 meter race! Continue reading

Race Day – Olympia, WA 2015

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What a way to kick off our 2015 racing season. The St. Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival in Olympia, WA was a new endeavor for us. This festival is early in the season, earlier than we usually race. It is short 250 meter racing. Sprints, really, and not what we usually train for. Coach Beth called her first race. Betsy tilled her first race. A plethora of new paddlers experienced their first rush of race adrenaline. RCP is embracing change in 2015. Continue reading