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The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team (2) battles for position in a crowded field.

Dragon boat festival rocks Nathan Benderson Park

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team (2) battles for position in a crowded field.

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The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team finished fifth in its qualifying heat (1:11.74).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team finished fifth in its qualifying heat (1:11.74).

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The Leatherneck Warriors 500m premier senior open 10/20 team powers to the finish line to win its qualifying heat (2:19.12).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The Leatherneck Warriors 500m premier senior open 10/20 team powers to the finish line to win its qualifying heat (2:19.12).

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The Charlotte Harbor Dragons 500m premier senior open 10/20 team finished fifth in its qualifying heat (2:41.12).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The Charlotte Harbor Dragons 500m premier senior open 10/20 team finished fifth in its qualifying heat (2:41.12).

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The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team warms up before the race.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons 200m premier/senior mixed 20 team warms up before the race.

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Wendy Lemoine, Kelly Cole and Donna Nepveu started Nathan Benderson Park's Dragon Boat 101 class three months ago, and are already competing at festivals with the NBP Dragons.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

Wendy Lemoine, Kelly Cole and Donna Nepveu started Nathan Benderson Park's Dragon Boat 101 class three months ago, and are already competing at festivals with the NBP Dragons.

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Each team uses a dragon boat provided by Pan Am Dragon Boat, so their dimensions and weight are exactly the same and no one gets an advantage.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

Each team uses a dragon boat provided by Pan Am Dragon Boat, so their dimensions and weight are exactly the same and no one gets an advantage.

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The Vogue Dragons paddle to the beat of a drum in the 500m senior women 10 event. The team finished first in its qualifying heat (2:45.35).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The Vogue Dragons paddle to the beat of a drum in the 500m senior women 10 event. The team finished first in its qualifying heat (2:45.35).

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The wind, here blowing the American flag on top of the NBP finish tower, was whipping and causing choppy waters during the festival.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The wind, here blowing the American flag on top of the NBP finish tower, was whipping and causing choppy waters during the festival.

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The HEAT Women and the K2N Wahine teams battle in the 500m premier/senior women 10/20 qualifying race.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The HEAT Women and the K2N Wahine teams battle in the 500m premier/senior women 10/20 qualifying race.

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The NBP Dragons 500m premier/senior mixed 20 team paddles back to the dock after finishing fourth in its qualifying heat (2:26.50).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons 500m premier/senior mixed 20 team paddles back to the dock after finishing fourth in its qualifying heat (2:26.50).

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The NBP Dragons 500m premier/senior mixed 20 team goes hard to the finish line. The team would finish fourth in its qualifying heat (2:26.50).

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons 500m premier/senior mixed 20 team goes hard to the finish line. The team would finish fourth in its qualifying heat (2:26.50).

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The NBP Dragons had two tents set up along the water. Dragon boat teams like to socialize before and after races.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons had two tents set up along the water. Dragon boat teams like to socialize before and after races.

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The NBP Dragons arrive at the dock.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 |

The NBP Dragons arrive at the dock.

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