Final Update

THIS IS IT — Raceday in just 5 days !!  And we are READY !!
You’re on the home stretch now & we soooo appreciate all your efforts in supporting this exciting day & Dragonboat Beaufort’s Outreach Mission.  Just a few last-minute items & some housekeeping …….
First, attached is the Race Schedule for the 1st two Qualifying Heats.  Also a map of the Athlete’s Village.
City of Beaufort Rules for Waterfront Park:
   No glass containers
   Do not encroach on any of the brick/concrete walkways with team gear, tent, etc.
   No stakes of any kind in the park
   Do not dump ICE from coolers onto the grass — it kills it! (there are drains, parking lots, etc.)
Housekeeping” —
   —  Please inform your paddlers of a time to arrive in the park.  
   —  Seriously consider CARPOOLING — you should’ve received the Parking Map by now.
   —  Equipment can be unloaded at Scott St. Ext — there will be folks to assist with the drop-off & direct you to your tents.
   —  Check in at the Registration Tent (right near the drop-off) to receive your Captains’ Packet & deliver your signed Team Waivers to us!
   —  Make sure to bring your own water/ice/coolers & plenty of it!
   —  There will be some food trucks in the park in the morning & the restaurants along the waterfront will of course be open for lunch.
   —  Bandwidth in the park has been increased for Raceday, so you can POST/SHARE anything & everything about what’s going on!
   —  To assist your friends/family coming to join in the festivities there is a Downtown Free Shuttle that runs from 11a-7p.  It makes stops in the City Parking Lots, Waterfront Park & the Santa Elena History Center.  You’ll see signs at the designated stops & can obtain a route map at the Marina.
Many, many thanks to you & your teams for the donations we’ve received so far …… but don’t stop yet!!  Please, please share with them that first & foremost Dragonboat Raceday is a fundraiser to assist people in our very own community who are struggling with daily needs as they fight the battle of their lives — let’s not let them down!  And thank you in advance for that last push……. ANY & ALL DONATIONS WELCOMED THROUGHOUT THE DAY !!  (just bring to the Registration Tent)
See you Saturday PADDLES UP!!
Chris & Darlene
Raceday Teams Coordinators
PS — there is 1 more email which will be right behind this one about a chance to view “Awaken the Dragon” — don’t miss it!

Update 4

Hello All…….
We are almost to RaceDay!!!  It’s really hard to believe it’s just a little over a week!  We hope you have your rosters ready, people signed up, have scheduled at least one practice, and your fundraising is in high gear!  The cut off time for funds raised to count towards receiving a medal will be Friday, June 21st, at 12 noon (but that doesn’t mean STOP!).
Now for the fun things to talk about!!
1) Awards…. In addition to medals there will be recognition/prizes for the following;
– Best Team T-Shirt Design
– Best Decorated Tent
– Team Spirit Award
– Best Costumed Drummer
– Most Money Raised by a Drummer on RaceDay
– Fastest Community Team
– Fastest RaceTtime
– Top Fundraising Team
– Top Individual Fundraiser
2) Trophies
– The Hallelujah Cup – competing churches
– Heartbeat of the County Cup – competing teams representing medically-related organizations
– Apollo Fitness Cup – competing gyms
3) Activity Fun….
– Group warm-up exercise prior to racing 
– Lunch time entertainment by the Charleston Taiko Drummers
– Line Dancing & Yoga
The Drummer Parade will be part of the opening ceremonies. Drummers will be lined up at 7:50A.M. in front of the stage. If for some reason, your Drummer does not want to participate please let us know.
Now for your attachment pleasure, because we know y’all are wondering about these items……….
– RaceDay Schedule 
– Downtown Parking Map  (Note: it’s not shown on the map, but there is a “park all day pay lot” on the corner of Craven and West Street, about 2 blocks back from WaterFront Park.) 
We’lll send a final update next week, which will include the actual Racing Schedule and a map of the Athlete’s Village.
We’re really very excited you’ve chosen to participate and be part of RaceDay to support our Outreach Mission. So please get your family, paddlers, friends, colleagues to Donate, Donate, Donate! Every little bit helps!
See you at practice!!!
Chris & Darlene
PS — all Captains’ Update emails are now posted on the website under “Captains Updates” along the top bar.

Update 2

Ahoy Dragonboat Captains !!
Things are moving right along & we’re fast approaching Raceday!  Check out the Leader Board listed on the Teams page…. you definitely want to see your name there!  Listed are the top fundraising teams as well as individuals.
So now it’s time to fill your boats, get your paddlers signed up, add your TEAM BIO (very important — it’s what our Raceday announcer will share about you with all the spectators) & post all your fundraising $$’s.  Please encourage your paddlers to post funds they raise to their personal page under “My Account”.  Credit card donations will be reflected immediately, while checks need to reach us & then be cleared before seen in the paddler’s $$ total.  HOWEVER, anything that’s actually received in the system (a completed order) will generate an email to the person whose email is attached to the donation, stating their order has been received.
Captains, you can create or edit your Team Bio on your page in “My Account” by scrolling to “Edit My Team Bio”.  You can also upload team photos here & team members can edit their own individual bios in the same way.  When fundraising $$’s are entered by anyone, please instruct your folks to “Proceed to Checkout” & “Place Order” to complete the process; then look for the confirmation email as described above.
I’m sure everyone’s interested in the PRACTICE SCHEDULE which you’ll receive by June 1st.  Just like last year, DBB will conduct practices the weekends of June 8th & 15th; High Five, our vendor will have their practices June 19th, 20th & 21st.  Everyone should be able to get in 2 practices.  Also, as in the past, you’ll email me with your 1st & 2nd choices once you receive the schedule.
Lastly, we are aware there’s an issue on the website related to your being notified whenever someone joins your team.  We are sorry for that inconvenience; our Webmaster is working on that, but in the meantime, please instruct your paddlers to notify you when they sign up.
Stay tuned for actual Raceday details in future Updates.  And going forward the Captains’ Updates (past & present) will be posted on the website in the “Blog” section.
Many, many thanks for all you’re doing to make this Raceday a resounding success!  We’re looking forward to seeing you & your teams out on our beautiful river come June 22nd !!
Chris & Darlene
Raceday Teams Coordinators

Dragonboat Raceday – PRACTICE SCHEDULE

FINALLY! here it is.  Sorry, I was waiting to hear from a few teams before I sent this……

Sat, 6/15   

9am           Beaufort Believers           Dragon Slayers

10am         EarthFIT Warriors            Swamp Dragons

11am         Orange Zone


Sun, 6/16  

4pm           Reel Nauti                        Single Marine Program

5pm           Rack Attack                     Weichert Warriors

6pm           Some Like It Hot              Parish Paddlers


Wed, 6/19  

4:30pm      Padawan Dons                              OPEN                                        OPEN

5:30PM      Blazing Paddles              St. Peter’s Dragons            MOB Squad

6:30pm      Beaufort Believers           Anna’s Breast Friends         BMH Spittin’ Fireballs


Thu, 6/20  

4:30pm       Some Like It Hot             OPEN                                        OPEN

5:30pm       Nature Boy                      Weichert Warriors                  St Peters Dragons/LCKC (self)

6:30pm       Swamp Dragons              Anna’s Breast Friends        BlazingPaddles


Fri, 6/21

4:30pm       Padawan Dons                   OPEN                                         OPEN

5:30PM       Parish Paddlers               EarthFIT Warriors                  JCB Paddling Diggers/LCKC (self)

6:30pm       Dragon Slayers                Single Marine Program         Dragon Boat Atlanta

If I need to adjust anything, please let me know ASAP!

ONE MORE TIME …….. please inform your paddlers to wear shoes that can stay on their feet (no flip flops); bring WATER; gloves, hat sunscreen, sunglasses all helpful; they can bring their own PFD’s as long as Coast Guard approved. Arrive at least 20 min prior to your scheduled practice time for land instruction.

PARKING —  for the weekend at PRLM, park at 1 Professional Place on the corner adjacent & walk to Marina; the Marina lot cannot accommodate as many cars as will be there & they have asked us to please convey this to all — please honor that request.

For the weekdays at Waterfront Park, inform your team they have to pay for parking until 7pm — we cannot call off the Meter Guy/Gal!

LASTLY, and this is important — ASSUME PRACTICE IS TAKING PLACE UNLESS YOU HEAR OTHERWISE!  We will do everything in our power to notify you of a cancellation in the most expedient way possible — I have your email contact, so that’s what you should be checking.  Just a friendly suggestion, don’t second-guess the weather, especially if you’re not in Beaufort; our guys are monitoring it constantly — storm cells, wind, tide, all of it!  I mention this because several teams missed getting a practice because the weather in Port Royal actually gave us some windows to get people safely out on the water, but they were no-shows….. we’re just as concerned for your safety as you are!

A million thanks for all your doing & see you at PRACTICE!

Chris & Darlene

Update 3


Raceday is a mere 22 days away!  We are ecstatic to have 28 teams (our goal)!

Make sure you’re getting all your paddlers registered so they can complete the online waiver during the process.  Advise them to notify you when they register so you know who’s on your roster.  An ideal team would have 20, plus a few additional paddlers, but 16 is definitely the minimum for paddlers in each race.  Remember you must also have a drummer to actively drum during the race.  For Community teams, there must be a minimum of 8 female paddlers in each heat.

Donate! Donate! Donate!  Let’s not forget the purpose of Raceday!  This is DBB’s major Fundraiser to fulfill our Mission, so once a paddler’s registered they’ll have their own “My Fundraising Page”.  They can solicit/post donations & share on Facebook.  Credit card donations are processed immediately; checks should be mailed to Dragonboat Beaufort, PO Box 213, Beaufort, 29901 & must be received BEFORE they can be processed/cleared in the system & appear on the fundraising page.

As promised, attached you’ll find the Practice Schedule.  Follow the directions, email your choices to me ASAP & be sure I receive NO LATER THAN JUNE 4TH so everyone can be notified of their Team time slot(s).

Finally, we know there have been challenges to the new Raceday website & we are truly sorry for the inconvenience.  Thank you all for persevering!  If your rosters have duplicates or need tweaking let us know & we should be able to clean them up.

Also attached is a general map of Waterfront Park.  In future Updates we’ll have a parking map & more details included.

Saving the “best for last”…….. many, many thanks for all you’ve done & continue to do!  We are so very, very grateful that you’ve taken this on — it couldn’t happen without your dedication & caring hearts!  Looking forward to a highly successful & hugely FUN Raceday!!

Paddles Up!

Chris & Darlene

Update 1

Greetings “Fearless Leader” Dragonboat Captains

We’re fast approaching May & you should be registering your teams if you haven’t already — remember May 1st is the cutoff for discounted registration fees!  Please let us know one way or another if you plan to participate in this year’s race — just a quick reply to this email would be appreciated.

You may have noticed a redesigned Raceday website so we are attaching the step-by-step instructions for registering your team, both individual paddler pay & sponsored/pre-paid.  Please follow these instructions & if you have issues please reach out to Darlene at

Once you register your team, please populate your roster, designate Captain & drummer & write up your “team bio”.  Then as your paddlers sign up, they can sign in to their account & go to “My Fundraising Page” to say a little bit about themselves & why they’re paddling.

Remember, it’s not too soon to start fundraising!

We’re also attaching a Dragonboat seating chart which may be of assistance as you plan your team’s strategy for a fun & successful Raceday!!

And as always don’t hesitate to contact one of us with questions or concerns.

Paddles Up !!!

Chris Jones & Darlene McGrath

Raceday Teams Coordinators

Welcome Captains

Hello Raceday Team Captains !!

Happy Spring, Daylight Savings Time & 2019 Paddling Season!  It’s all finally here & that means time to start thinking about Raceday & getting your teams registered.  Dragonboat Raceday will once again be held at our beautiful downtown Waterfront Park on Sat, June 22nd, so reserve that day on your calendar now!

Our Raceday web site has been redesigned so may not look as you expect, but you can register & move forward with populating your rosters any time — we’re ready!  Website address as follows:; or find by checking “DBB Raceday 2019“.  Once there, click on “Menu” & go to “Teams”.  Don’t forget to include a brief “team bio”.

As before, we’ll have a Mixed Cancer Survivor Division, a Senior Division (all members 50+ yrs) & a Community Division (at least 8 female paddlers in the boat each race), all competing for medals.  We’ve also got some fun groups of teams competing for a Winner’s Cup (& bragging rights!).  And don’t forget the prizes in our fun categories — Best Decorated Tent, Best Team T-shirt, Best Costumed Drummer, Drummer Raising Most $$’s, & Best Team Spirit.

Lastly, I have someone assisting me this year coordinating teams — Darlene McGrath, who can be contacted at the above email for any questions/concerns you may have now or in the future.  Please don’t hesitate to contact either one of us if you need to.

So jump on the website & get your teams registered as quickly as possible — you don’t want to miss Dragonboat Raceday 2019!!

Paddles Up!

Chris Jones  & Darlene McGrath

Raceday Teams Coordinators



PS –Dragonboat Beaufort will be launching their boats (with blessings from the weather) on March 16th; we invite local team captains not already members of DBB, to join us for a Sat paddle anytime after the 16th — just let us know if you’re interested, the date, & we’ll assure you have a seat in the boat.  We want you to get those “paddling juices” flowing & get excited about being out there on the water in a DRAGONBOAT!!!