Dragon Boat racing has become very popular in our little harbor town- and what a perfect place for it!

Last Saturday March 17th at Skansie Park, two new 10-person dragon boats in an ancient Chinese “Awakening” ceremony, were awakened. Christened were Tiamat (owned by  Jennifer Vullo O’Hare) and Imua. The rite included 3 ceremonial stages: the meditative or stimulating breathing stage, waving burning/ smoky sage and painting of the dragon eyes.

“Three years ago we didn’t have a boat, we didn’t have paddlers and we didn’t have a team,” said Al Abbott, coach of the Gig Harbor Dragons and now three years later we have three boats, lots of paddlers and a big team. Being able to take out three boats at a time is going to be fantastic.”

Ron Roark, managing director of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, purchased the first boat (it will be named in a future ceremony, said team president Sharon Shaffer).

Keep in mind the various rental option that are available to the public at the Gig Harbor Marina:

Rent   The Club @ the Boatyard for all your special events- year-round
Rent   The Academy @ the Boatyard for your meeting needs
Rent  The Guesthouse @ the Boatyard  a 2 bedroom waterfront accommodations
Rent  Yacht- Suite Dreams slumber on a yacht located on the harbor waterfront
You will find more event locations and services such as the featured caterer Sunshine Catering on Event Resources Gig Harbor Website

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