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Excitement building for Kiev!

18 July 2011 - 
In spite of the economic crisis taking a toll on club travel budgets, with nine nations, over 85 crews and 13 race categories, the 14th EDBF European Club Crew Championships is shaping up to be a busy and well-attended event. Taking place in Kiev, Ukraine from 26-28 August, the event is understandably popular with Ukraine & Russian teams and welcomes clubs from Lithuania & Armenia for the first time. Of course, many "old favorites" are coming too, with a good showing from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Norway.

Sad news for ECA paddlers

Weve heard that our colleagues from the European Canoe Association have had to cancel their dragon boat event scheduled the same weekend as the EDBF European Club Crew Championship. Apparently, there were not enough nations (only six nations, all in different race classes) registered for this ECA European Dragon Boat championship so the organizers, the DKV (German Canoe Federation) and Canoe Club Regatta Duisburg, were forced to withdraw the event. (In comparison, at this time last year the EDBF European Nations Championship had 15 country registrations, with 1800 athletes participating in 12 racing classes.)

According to a press release passed on to the EDBF from one of our athletes involved in both the canoe & dragon boat sports: "DKV regrets the restitution of the European Championships, thanked the organizers for the previous preparations and apologizes to the athletes who, like the organizers have prepared for the Games in Duisburg." The EDBF can imagine it was not an easy decision for the organizers to cancel an event, and even more disappointing for the athletes - surely the decision was not taken lightly, but it seems the majority of paddlers are voting with their paddles and going with the IDBF-affiliated events specifically for dragon boat racing while the ICF will always be "king" in traditional canoe/kayak disciplines.

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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.
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    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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