Alameda DragonFlyers

Alameda DragonFlyers


Just want to say thank you for being such good sports and taking in good humor all that BC west coast weather and one slightly-demented Race Marshal could throw at you. It was a pleasure to meet all of you.
Thank you to my fellow teammates who came to the Alameda Food Bank today to help sort food!
From the Vancouver dragonboat page.
I wanted to attend the learning session tomorrow morning, but just saw it was canceled. Was it because of low turn out? I'll bring breakfast snacks if it means fun dragon boat times!
So nice to see everyone. You were great out there!
Rest in Peace Chris. He used to paddle with ADF, with KP, and then with DragonMax. We had great memories paddling with him.
ADF, Thanks for a great FFF day!
Go DragonFlyers!
Honored to have Dragonflyers stop and pose May 16 outside my house. Keep on paddling!
Yippee! We took first place in the lighted yacht parade! ADF Fly Higher!
Nice morning for decorating a boat! Sandra and Rudy were fearless.
Come and join us tomorrow at Rhythmix for some shake it, shake it! Get your pre-turkey burn! Zumbaaaa!

We're a diverse, energetic recreational team. We compete in several races a year, both at home and internationally.

We're one of the most active, organized teams in the San Francisco Bay area. A diverse team of all ages and skill levels, we train on the beautiful waters of the Alameda/Oakland estuary. During the off-season, we continue to practice on Saturday mornings and offer other non-paddling fitness opportunities. ADF welcomes both highly competitive paddlers and recreational paddlers. Due to this membership composition, we enter both competitive and recreational crews into mixed, women's, open and masters' races. In addition to practices and races, we engage in a variety of social events. A partying team with a paddling problem, we indulge ourselves in festive food events, celebrations and after-practice happy hours. Newcomers are welcome to join us at 10:30 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Saturdays of the month. View our schedule and sign up on Join us! And experience the true spirit of camaraderie! Paddles Up!

[02/28/20]   ADF is saddened by the death of Rodger Garfinkle, captain and coach of Berkeley’s DragonMax team. Rodger was an influential and inspiring presence in the Bay Area dragon boat racing community for more than twenty years.

5 Reasons to Join a Dragon Boat Team - Dragon Boat Canada

Our dragon boat racing neighbors to the North list five reasons to join a dragon boat team. Sounds good to us! Considering a new team sport? Top 5 reasons you should choose Dragon Boat.

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We celebrated a summer Sunday in February by paddling over to the German place on the Estuary. The weather couldn’t have been nicer, but on the way home, the tide gave us a chance to work off the beer and the wurst.

Safety is ADF’s highest priority - right up there with having fun. Here’s a look at how some of Ireland’s dragon boat teams prepare for safety on the water. Having raced in Dublin, we can tell you the paddlers are bundled up for a reason. They paddle in cold, windy conditions. We continue to admire the strong paddlers we met there.

Reports back everyone enjoyed the Water Safety Awareness Course yesterday in Carlow and learnt lots to take back to their own clubs. Clubs in attendance included: Dublin Vikings, Plurabelle Paddlers, Lagan Dragons, Limerick Dragons, Shannon Dragons, Slaney Purple Paddlers, Carlow Dragons, KACC Dragons, Waterford Dragon Warriors and the IDBA.

You heard the groundhog ... winter’s over!

Teammates! We’re gaining momentum at our daytime “TueWednesday” practices. If you’re available, join us for a good workout on the water alternating Tuesdays at 2:00 and Wednesdays at noon. Next week (Feb 4) it’s a Tuesday practice.

ADF was saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry - AKA “Cowboy,” a member of Oakland Renegades Dragonboat Team. A curmudgeon with a heart of gold, Gerry will be missed by the entire dragon boat racing community.

We’re so lucky to have enough paddlers to half-fill a boat, a willing and able steersperson, and teammates who will trade off serving as “eyes at the front” for a chilly weekday practice session on the estuary.

First day of the year ... first dragonboat practice of the year. Traditionally, sailors and boaters circumnavigate our Island of Alameda on New Years Day. We encountered fleets of sailboats and flotillas of outrigger canoes as the bridge tenders kept busy raising and lowering the four drawbridges.

A little dragon boat racing humor ...

Today we didn’t have quite enough people to go out for a midweek paddle, so we planked for coffee instead.

In the off season, we’re giving our non-coaching teammates a chance to lead practices. It gives them a new perspective and changes things up. Having fun while we improve our Strength, Stamina and Speed!

Alameda DragonFlyers 2019 Race Season

ADF takes a fast-moving look back at our electrifying 2019 race season ... as the video warns, look out 2020!

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Teammates gathered for our annual end-of-season meeting today. The 2019 race season was a series of successes and goals met along with our usual heaping helping of fun, fitness and friendship. We celebrated a great year!

ADF has gone to the dogs! Here we are at the Halloween Howl on Lake Merritt, our last race of the year.

Last evening paddle for the season. Teammates made use of every minute of daylight before meeting for a beer after practice.

As the days get shorter, we have fewer minutes to spend on our beautiful Estuary and will have to stop our weeknight practices soon. But before we enter the off-season, we enjoy times like these ... paddling under a setting sun.

High traffic zone on our estuary today! We managed to have a great practice, dodging and weaving among the racing whaleboats and crew boats.

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What do you do when the big race is over with, the Oakland A’s are playing and you’ve got only eight teammates to paddle the boat? You go out anyway and work hard between the bridges under a setting sun.

[09/25/19]   Alameda DragonFlyers sends love to Boracay, Philippines based dragon boat team Dragon Force. To Dragon Force’s teammates, families and friends, we express our deepest sympathy for the lives lost in the recent capsize tragedy.

Last night, ADF’s evening practice was delayed for 45 minutes by Alameda fire, police and Coast Guard rescue staff.

***Press Release***
One Person Rescued from Oakland Estuary

•September 16, 2019, 5:33 pm•
•Incident Type:​ Water rescue
•Location:​ Oakland Estuary / Park Street Bridge Incident•

The Alameda Fire Department, with assistance from the Alameda Police Department, as well as the Oakland Fire Department, responded to a reported person in the water near the Park Street Bridge.

Arriving first responders were directed by bystanders to an adult male struggling in the Oakland Estuary, drifting west near the Park Street Landing Shopping Center (2300 block of Blanding Avenue). APD officers were able to deploy a life ring to the male, helping him stay afloat. Alameda Fire rescue swimmers were immediately brought by a private boat operator to the struggling male.

Alameda Fire rescue swimmers entered the water and were able to rescue the adult male as he began to submerge. The male was brought via rescue board, to an Alameda Fire Rescue Boat, and then taken to an awaiting Alameda Fire Ambulance. The male was transported to an area local area hospital with life threatening injuries.

There was an unconfirmed report of possibly three additional people in the water. First responders, and U.S. Coast Guard conducted an extensive land and water search of the surrounding area. No additional people were located. The scene was then turned over to the Coast Guard.

There were no reported injuries to rescue personnel.

The Alameda Fire Department responded with 21 firefighters and two rescue boats.
The Alameda Police Department responded with multiple police officers. The Oakland Fire Department responded with 11 firefighters and their rescue boat. The U.S. Coast Guard responded with a rescue boat and helicopter.

No further information is available at this time.

Alameda Firefighters
Alameda Police Department
Oakland Firefighters Local 55

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Alameda DragonFlyers

DragonFlyers are gearing up for "Nor Cal," the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival on September 28-29, Lake Merritt, Oakland, California. Today the team met to discuss race strategies, logistics and how we're going to beat the competition!

Today hard working DragonFlyers honored labor by paddling to Quinn’s Lighthouse for a holiday lunch. Our two boats had some challenging current going out, but it was a breeze coming home.

Today our stellar steers staff led us through a series of exercises to simulate what happens when paddlers land outside the boat. In a comfortable backyard pool, we learned how to fall in the water, how to save a teammate and what to do if we come up under an overturned boat.

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Today we flash-mobbed South Shore Center during the Plein Air Paint Out (PAPO) exhibit and performed our “Pappu Can’t Dance” Bollywood performance. For the occasion, we renamed it PAPO Can’t Dance.

Three Saturdays a month DragonFlyers support our steers-in-training by providing excellent mentoring and a boatload of willing teammates who give power and encouragement. It’s a win/win!

Survival suit/walking sleeping bag looking for a new home at the DragonFlyers yard sale. 1000 block Sherman Street, Alameda

Early birds at the Alameda DragonFlyers annual yard sale. Still a lot of good stuff. Come by and see s on the 1000 block of Sherman St in Alameda!

ADF's annual yard sale is this weekend! Saturday, July 20, open at 8:00 a.m. 1000 block of Sherman St. Household items, furniture, toys - all sorts of good stuff. All proceeds benefit Alameda's dragon boat racing team.

Hey Team! Its time for our annual fundraiser this Saturday.
There's still time to get your donations in. Text me 415.710.6651 if you need a hand with delivery before Friday. Thank you

Pappu Can't Dance

Not every dragon boat festival has a theme, but the one we just returned from in Nanaimo, BC had a Bollywood dance contest on Saturday night. Here are the DragonFlyers performing "Pappu Can't Dance" ... a real crowd pleaser!

Christine maintains a steady beat as Rudy engages Nanaimo Seaplane avoidance maneuvers................

Plenty of smiling ADF faces in Nanaimo!

The two day race at Nanaimo, BC is in the books! A rainy weekend didn’t dampen the spirits of our two crews. Most of those on the Women’s crew doubled by paddling on the Mixed crew as well. We improved our times and performance in every race (four for each crew). The Mixed crew is coming home with a first place pin in Rec B division.

A rather soggy Alameda DragonFlyers mixed boat team headed out for the last race of the day.

First day of racing in Nanaimo in the books. The women’s and mixed crews improved their times, and we’ll see how we do in tomorrow’s semifinals and finals.

Checking in on the first day of racing in Nanaimo, BC. Here are just a few of the 70+ teams competing.

DragonFlyers are heading up to Nanaimo, British Columbia, on July 6 and 7 to compete alongside over 70 international teams. Tonight paddlers from both our Womens’ and Mixed crews put on our game faces and practiced some races.

Our first boat went out this morning at 7:30 for those learning to steer - three took the helm and they did great! Then at 8:45 our Race Readiness crew practiced races up and down the Estuary. Last, our 10:30 Technical practice went over the basics and welcomed some newcomers. If you’re not on the team but want to check us out, here’s how:

Alameda DragonFlyers at the A’s game. We persevered through the blustery weather and so did our team winning 7 to 1 over the Mariners.

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