Category Archives: Technology

So this is Dragon Boating?

So what is this dragon boating all about? When looking to get into Dragon boating, you will be told by the experienced dragon boaters that it is a sport that is easy to learn, easy to do and easy on the wallet. And this is true - ish. Dragon boat club memberships cost a lot less than the average gym membership. The boat and a paddle are usually supplied by...
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How Fast Can a Dragon Boat Go?

Figure 1: Dragon Boats exceeding hull speed. Image supplied: http://www.ottawadentalcare.com/2016/05/ Is there a maximum speed for a dragon boat? Has it anything to do with “hull speed”? Can we answer those questions of whether a 10 paddler boat should be faster than a 20 paddler boat? You would think that some clever person should be able to work out how fast their particular crew should be able...
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Dragon Boating: Does Size Matter? Big Data vs Small Data

  It is very rare for me to take a training session or participate in a Regatta without some form of technology. It could be physically strapped to me, fixed to a push bike peddling in parallel along the shore, in an accompanying motorboat and/or attached to the boat itself (where allowed of course). I believe that the answers are hidden in the data. I believe if we measure...
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10 Ways An Ergo Helps A Dragon Boat Paddler And One Way It Doesn’t?

The Ergo (or Erg):
  1. A piece of machinery that attempts to mimic the forces of paddling.
  2. Used by many clubs in the northern hemisphere for training when the weather is less than friendly (e.g. lakes frozen over)
  3. Used by some coaches as ONE of the tools to monitor a paddler’s progress, differentiate between paddlers and for crew selection.
There are conflicting opinions on whether ergos are valid for...
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