14 December 2008 - 
After having had to postpone the event in 2007, when the boats destined for Cyprus went missing in the UK presumed stolen and later found, the first Dragon Boat Races ever to be held in Cyprus finally got underway over the weekend 18/19 October 08, when the 1st Limassol International Races were held as part of Limassols annual sports festival.

Crews from Russia (Russian Forwards) and Dubai (Dubai Sea Dragons with paddlers from 6 Countries on board) made the races truly international and a British crew from the nearby Royal Air Force base at Akrotiki, added to the international flavour and brought a sense of humour to the event. Five local crews completed the pack, including a very strong crew from the Cyprus Canoe Federation (CCF), to make the racing, held within the breakwater on Limassols central seafront, both competitive and very enjoyable.

There was a great relaxed atmosphere throughout the weekend with the International Crews helping the local crews out with additional paddlers and giving them paddling tips. With everyone mucking in to get the boats ready and loaded for each race, the Event Organiser (Andy Ergonmous) and the three IDBF Officials running the races (Bryan Hartley, Murray Jones and Mike Haslam) were not subjected to the normal stresses of race officiating and had a little time in hand to enjoy the sun, sea and sand and even a beer or two!

The actual races were won by the Russian Forwards with the CCF Spartans pushing them all the way in the finals of the 200m (0.50.26 v 0.53.20) and 500m (2.08.20 v 2.10.10). Dubai Sea Dragons, a mainly Womens crew (three men) made the final on both days but lost to the girls from the Russian Forwards in the Ladies 200m race.

Next year plans are already being made for a bigger and better event at the same time in October but in a different location. Having established a good working relationship with the CCF - a much appreciated side benefit to the Limassol Races, in which the CCF helped with manpower and equipment, the intention now is to hold a joint international regatta in 2009 for canoes/ kayaks and dragon boats at the Famagusta Nautical Club in Limassol. Of the four IDBF Development Boats (two BuK and two Champion) sent to Cyprus, two are now based at the Natical Club. This kind of co-operation between Canoe and Dragon Boat organisations is the way forward for both sports and can only enhance the reputation and development of both sports in Cyprus.

From DBI News by Mike Haslam


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    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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    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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    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 As for me, I like the old one. It looks great on the medals :)
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      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
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      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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    December 4 2017 03:09pm
    Competition Time! Your chance to win a personalised carbon paddle. The EDBF logo is now 27 years old and is in need for an update. We are therefore asking you the paddler to come up with a new design that will show that our traditional sport is changing into the modern era along with the world of sport itself. Please read the briefing document carefully which can be found here. http://www.edbf.org/news.php?item=238. All logos are to be submitted to secretary@edbf.org by 31/12/17. Get those creative thinking juices flowing!
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    December 3 2017 08:24pm
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared Federazione Italiana Dragon Boat's post.
    CHRISTMAS CUP - ROME EUR 2017, 17th December. Classic race at the end of the year, this time takes on a different value than usual, because we would like to emphasize how the sport, and in particular the discipline of the Dragon Boat, is proposed as a sample of integration between genders and respect for women. There is no team sport like ours, 22 people in a boat are equivalent to two football teams, but the important element is that men and women compete together in the same crew in the specialties of the Mixed and the Open. Today, violence against women and gender discrimination, unfortunately, is in front of everyone... like other social problems such as "stalking" and cyber bullying. I am convinced that sport can play an important role in this issue, as in many others, and that is why the Italian Dragon Boat Federation, which I am honored to be president, launches this appeal with the collaboration of associations that have always take up this serious phenomenon and invite everyone to participate in the event that will be held at the EUR lake in Rome on Sunday 17 December The races will start at 9.00 am in the lake at the Laghetto facing the Piscina delle Rose At the end of the event, around 1.00 pm, there will be the awards and commemorative ceremonies. Antonio De Lucia President Federazione Italiana Dragon Boat
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