Dragon Boating with us this summer on Charles River

2024 Summer Resident Dragon-Boating Try out, Practice or Join the Racing

The Chinese American Association of Cambridge (serving Cambridge and Somerville), Belmont Chinese American Association, Arlington Chinese American Association, and Brookline Chinese American Association jointly organize dragon boat activities for residents, referred to as “Resident Dragon Boating”.
“Resident Dragon Boating” rented a dragon boat (or a slot) from Boston Dragon Boat Festival Inc. for training, from now on until mid-to-late August, about 9 or 10 weeks:
Every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Every Saturday from 10am to 12pm

The rowing location is on the Charles River, and the boarding location is at the MIT Richard J. Resch Boathouse, address: 409 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA (Google Map https://maps.app.goo.gl/hpea4p4YcjqALAQb8 )

Ticket types:

  • One time try out ticket: $15 (can be upgraded to a season ticket after, if there are vacancies)
  • Season ticket: $65 (can be used for about 30 practices, 60 hours, maximum)
  • Weekday season ticket: $40 (use on Mondays and Wednesdays, excluding Saturdays )
  • Weekend season ticket: $40 (use Saturdays only)
  • (every season ticket holder needs to pay $3 for each practice attended to cover some of the coaching/steering fees)

No commitment is needed if you get a season ticket, come for any time slot and as many times as you want. However, pre-registration for each practice is required.

You can do a trial before you decide if you go for a season ticket.

Ticket purchasing:
Please email cambridgecaac@gmail.com to confirm the availability of the tickets or put on the waiting-list. If available, make payment through Venmo: @CambridgeCaac / Zelle: cambridgecaac@gmail.com .

Requirements:

Note:

  • There is no previous paddling experience needed.
  • Season tickets are limited and can only be used by the person themself. They cannot be borrowed or transferred.
  • Registering to each session is required. Season ticket registration is open three days before each practice day, and experience ticket registration is open the day before and on the day. For specific registration methods, please see the WeChat /WhatsApp/Email group update.
  • Every practice requires 10 paddlers minimum to launch the boat. At present, it cannot be guaranteed that each practice can be on. Please keep updated.
  • “Resident Dragon Boat” needs participants to organize together. Currently, captains, coaches and steerers are urgently needed. All organizations organizing the activities are volunteering, including the organizer, the Boston Dragon Boat Festival inc.
  • Oars and life jackets are provided on board. Please pay attention to sun protection and bring your own drinking water.
  • Teams participating in summer training are required to assist the festival dock staff in taking boats and equipment out at the beginning of training, and assist in putting away boats and equipment at the end of training.

Getting there:

  • Bus: Route # 1, get off at 77 Massachusetts Ave, then walk for 9 minutes.
  • Bus: Route CT2, Amesbury St @ Vassar St, then walk for 11 minutes.
  • Parking can be challenging. Try street parking on Memorial Drive both south side (*free*) and north side (meter) near MIT boathouse, or Vassar St (meter).

Screenshot of the Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival organizer’s official website about summer dragon boat practice: