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Dragons Come to Antwerp

18 September 2011 - 
The first Port of Antwerp Dragon Boat festival took place on 10 September with 44 teams from local businesses, clubs, neighborhood associations, cafes and schools.

Port of Antwerp Dragonboatfestival

The weather was perfect at the Kattendijkdok where the festival took place near the center of Antwerp, and the festivities were opened by the Honorable Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr. Tsang reflected on the cultural and business ties between the two port cities and welcomed paddlers to come to Hong Kong where the IDBF World Club Crew Championship will be taking place in July 2012.

Belgium was one of the founding members of the EDBF back in 1990, but has not been active in the sport for the past several years, so it was nice to welcome Belgium back to the world of dragon boat racing. But it wouldnt have been possible to stage such an event without plenty of sponsors and the hard work of the Rotary Club Antwerpen-West and Rotary Cofra, who organized the event, recruited teams, arranged facilities and publicity, and provided a wonderful crew of helpful, friendly volunteers to keep things running smoothly and safely.

Peter Joos, chairman of the Rotary Club Antwerp-West, said this years festival is just a small start to something big for Belgium and promises next years festival will have even more teams and activities. Proceeds from the festival will go towards restoring the three-master ship the Belgica, which will eventually be berthed nearby.

The festival also signals the re-birth of racing teams in Belgium, as KookeenY (pronounced like coke-n-aai), a group of sports fanatics stemming from a management training business of the same name (and first place winner of the mixed team races), purchased a dragon boat and is hard at work training for other European races. Hopefully we will see them on the European scene soon!

For more information on the festival, visit their website: www.antwerpdragons.com.

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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    December 13 2017 01:51pm
    Fun fact: The EDBF was founded by five countries (Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany). The traditional dragon boat festival takes place on the 5th day of the 5th month. Coincidence or not? ☺
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    December 12 2017 04:21pm
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared BBC Earth's video.
    Let's all try and save our precious rivers, lakes and oceans.
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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    December 9 2017 04:11pm
    Looking for a festive dragon boat picture if anyone has one we can use for the Facebook page header photo. Please send to secretary@edbf.org.
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    December 7 2017 07:49pm
    As Christmas is fast approaching we want to know that one dragon boating accessory you could not do without? Please share your ideas below.
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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    December 5 2017 08:51am
    European Dragon Boat Federation added 5 new photos.
    At the EDBF Convention in Belgrade we decided to run a competition to design a new logo for the EDBF. We would be most grateful if you would share this message with your dragon boat family as we may have some budding designers out there. Alternatively go to our Facebook page "European Dragon Boat Association" and share our message. All logos are to be submitted to secretary@edbf.org by 31/12/17.
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    • Olga Chelesheva
      Olga Chelesheva As for me, I like the old one. It looks great on the medals :)
      December 5 2017 08:51am
    • European Dragon Boat Federation
      European Dragon Boat Federation Times keep changing and innovation is a regular feaure of our mission. We love the old EDBF logo. It was designed by our friend Fabio Masi in 1990. Today we should have new ideas, all togheter with the Dragon Boat Community of Europe, starting from a new Logo to represent our wish to achieve progress and promote innovation for a rejuvenation of our sport and for a susteinable long term growth. Claudio Schermi EDBF President Elect
      December 5 2017 08:51am
    • Roel Dev
      Roel Dev Hello sir/Madam. This is my entry to the European Dragon Boat Fedreration Logo Design Contest, I want t to join the contest, I hope you like. I ask permission to join. it,thank you very much.. I am from asia a,filipino.....
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