Dragon Boat Racing - Since the 1970's racing of the
traditional Chinese Dragon Boats has been organised. In general
there are about 18-20 paddlers per boat, plus a drummer and a
Dragon boat racing is a sport that has existed for centuries.
Founded in China, it combines the power, speed and endurance
of 12 or 20 people. Manned by paddlers, steerers and a drummer,
the exquisite dragon boats surge towards the finish line, accompanied
by the thunder of drums and roar of the crowd.
Outside of China, Malaysia was the first country to hold dragon
boat races. In 1934, dragon boat racing was first introduced
as a sporting activity in Penang.
In 1956, Penangs first dragon boat race was held to commemorate
the Georgetown Municipal Councils 100th anniversary. 10
years later, the sport was revived as part of Pesta Pulau Pinang
In those early years, the races saw only local participation
from teams including government departments, associations and
commercial establishments. But, the sport gained popularity and
in 1979, the first Penang International Dragon Boat Festival
took place with 2 teams from overseas, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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