On any given day, the waters of Biscayne Bay are speckled with sleek luxury yachts and fishing boats, but on Saturday, if you look out into the glittering blue, youll see a different type of vessel. No, those arent psychedelic kayaks. Covered in vibrant colors fashioned into intricate patterns, they are Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Twenty paddlers, one drummer, and a helmsman will man the crafts. The fifth annual Miami Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will sail in a 2,000-year-old tradition that the speed-loving sportsman in you will surely appreciate.
Call 305-636-0902 or visit www.miamidragon.com to join a team. Theres no experience necessary, but dont worry, newbie all teams are given two pre-race practice sessions. And if youre more of a spectator, join the thousands of race lovers at 777 Brickell Ave. in Miami and stand on the banks to watch the boats race down 250- and 500-meter raceways in hot pursuit of cash prizes up to $1,500.
Sat., May 31, 2008