One of the most unique and exciting water sport events in Washington, DC is coming up. The Capital Dragon Boat Regatta will be taking place on August 23rd this summer. A storied tradition in Washington, DC and ancient China, the Dragon Boat Regatta promises to be an intriguing and fun-filled event.
Dragon boat racing has been around for over two thousand years. The sport is based on the legend of Qu Yuan, an old poet who threw himself in a river as an act to defy a corrupt government. Dragon Boat races have since been a worldwide demonstration of speed and kinship with the water, the contests are meant to honor the memory of Qu Yuan.
Washington, DC has long since participated in this tradition, classically holding the races on the famous National Harbor. This year, for the first time, the regatta will be held on the waters of the Washington Channel. Located at the core of Washington DC, this new venue boasts advantageous accessibility and beautiful views of the city and landmarks, such as the Washington Monument.
Those who find themselves in DC at the end of August should absolutely look to either participate in, or go out and watch the Capital Dragon Boat Regatta. You can gather with 20 friends or strangers and take part in some invigorating physical excursion as you take part in an ancient practice. You can also head out to the water with family and friends and enjoy the late-summer sun, while also watching the amazing spectacle of hundreds of like-minded participants rowing across the channel.
There will be a variety of different races and boats, so the day promises to be a spectacle beyond one simple race. This summer get outside and check out something extraordinary. While this tradition is super old, it may still be a new experience for you.