Philadelphia Festival

Update: See Chuck's 7/19 comment on this post. The Philly race is full; we are on the waiting list.

Captain Chuck has completed the registration form for our entry in the Philadelphia Dragonboat Festival (October 2nd), and Treasurer Carolyn is sending in the deposit that reserves our spot in the race. The total registration cost is $1000 ($50 each). Half of that ($25) is due now to Carolyn.

Laurie will take care of organizing the hotel arrangements. (Thanks, Laurie!) Please start thinking now about whether you'll want a room for one night or two. The festival is on Saturday from 8 AM till 5:30 PM.

We'll need a full boat, and it would be great to have 21 or 22 paddlers sign up (plus the drummer and steersperson) so that we won't be short of paddlers if anyone gets sick that weekend. At this point, we can expect to paddle in three races that day.

Something to think about: they have a limited number of 10x10 tents that they'll rent to participating teams for $250. Are interested in this? It would be a place to meet and store gear and shelter us from whatever weather there may be.

For the earlier blog post on this race (with a link to the festival website itself), please see paddlesup.blogspot.com/2004/05/philadelphia-dragon-boat-festival.html .


Blogger laurie b said...

I just briefly looked at the Philadelphia Dragon Boat site--they have recommended one hotel the Philadelphia Marriott in Center City for $99 per night
and a youth hostel--dormitory style for around $18/night plus some fees. I went to Orbitz and the hotels ranged from $80- 175 for a three star and $54- 108 + for a two star. The $54 one is a Super Eight in Mt. Laurel NJ which is 11.1 miles from Center City--the festival is on the Schuylkill which
is probably 20 min. from Center City, considering traffic. What I really need to know is if people want to have a room for both Friday and Saturday night or just for Friday--also what is a general price range that people are willing to spend.Please e-mail me and let me know l-butler@peapc.com.

9:50 AM, July 15, 2004  
Blogger chuck said...

Hello everyone,

First, my appologies for not getting the registration in time for us to get on the race roster. The registration form arrived last week, several days after the 100th slot was filled. They can go up to 104 teams, but several teams are ahead of us. We are on a waiting list, but our chances are not good. The event organizers will return the deposit.

It still would be nice to attend one more out-of-town event. I compiled a list of potential events. Please see below. Steel City will be attending the August 21-22 Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Festival in Princeton, NJ. The event features 250m, 500m, and 2000m races. The website states that they still have additional room for teams. Please send a brief list of your preferences to me.

July 31 – August 1 NYC International Dragon Boat Festival (NY, NY) - http://www.libertydragonboat.org/ (about 7 hour drive)

August 7 – August 8 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (NY, NY) - http://www.hkdbf-ny.org/ (about 7 hour drive)

August 14 New Jersey Dragon Boat Race for Charity (Parsippany, NJ) - http://www.geocities.com/njdragonboat/ (about 6 hour drive)

August 21-22 Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Festival (Princeton, NJ) -http://mywebpages.comcast.net/PrincetonWarriors/ (about 6.3 hour drive) Steel City is attending this festival

August 21-22 London (Ontario) Dragon Boat Festival - http://www.dragonboatlondon.ca/ (about 7.5 hour drive)

August 28 Steeplejack Dragon Boat Festival (Sarnia, Ontario – corresponds with tall ships festival) - http://www.dragonboatsarnia.com/ (about 7.3 hour drive)

August 28 Norfolk Dragonboat Challenge (Port Dover, Ontario) - http://www.norfolkdragonboatchallenge.com/ (about 6.5 hour drive)

September 25 Kingston Dragon Boat Festival (Kingston, Ontario) - http://www.dragonboats.org/ (about 7.5 hour drive) They expect up to 72 teams.

October 2 6K Long Distance Challenge (Montreal, Quebec) - http://www.montrealdragonboat.com/en/midbrf.php?p2=festivals (about 9.5 hour drive)

October 3 New Jersey Dragon Boat Challenge Races (Parsippany, NJ) - http://www.njdragonboat.org/njrace (about 6 hour drive)

11:44 AM, July 19, 2004  
Blogger laurie b said...

The Parsippany, NJ--Oct. 3rd is the only date that works for me---that is assuming that Montreal is too far for just a weekend.
I suppose another alternative is to still go to Philly and make ourselves available as fill-ins for teams that don't have a full boat.

7:47 AM, July 21, 2004  
Blogger lisa said...

I agree that NJ would be a good place to wrap up the season, as many of us have already reserved that date. It is not too far and from their website seems that it would be a fun event. Montreal would have to a long weekend, not to mention a long paddle (that's 12 races end to end!!). But Montreal would be fun and I would definitely consider it.

8:35 AM, July 23, 2004  
Blogger Kit said...

The October 3rd Parsippany race is not a standard db race but a "daredevil challenge." As Lisa said, this sounds like fun: follow the October 3 date link from http://www.njdragonboat.org/njrace to find out more. Teams are comprised of 6 people, and the challenges are paddling-related (though not all paddling).

8:45 AM, July 23, 2004  
Blogger Kit said...

Chuck, could you give us a sense by Wednesday of which race it looks like we might get to, based on the info you've received from people about their availability? We'll need to make travel plans and schedule days off, etc.....

1:51 PM, July 26, 2004  
Blogger chuck said...

Hi everyone,

I received few responses to the original post, so I chose the Princeton race as an alternative. I have since determined that we wouldn't have enough people to fill a boat for Princeton. A second alternative would be to travel to the Parsippany, NJ, races (see discussion above). Each team will be comprised of six individuals, so we can field multiple teams. Can people let me know their preference for this race via e-mail?

10:02 AM, July 27, 2004  

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