Portland Dragon Boats join Christmas Ships Parade
Portland, Oregon – Dragon Boat and outrigger canoe teams from the Wasabi Paddling Club will be joining in the Christmas Ship Parade on the Willamette River on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.
Friends and family will join the paddlers to celebrate the holiday season on the river they love all year-round. Illuminated and decked-out boats and participants will be paddling next to the big ships at 7 p.m. until the parade ends.
The teams compete out of the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Avenue, which also hosts a variety of other competitive paddling and rowing teams. The Boathouse, rebuilt 20 years ago through Portland Development Commission grant, is losing its lease and will soon need to find a new home on Portland’s waterfront.
About Wasabi Paddling Club
Competition, community and comraderies, on and off the water, The Wasabi Paddling Club is a nonprofit Dragon Boat and Outrigger paddling club located at the Portland Boathouse and is dedicated to the participation and promotion of the national sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. The club’s charter includes assisting novice through experienced paddlers in the community.
The club has more than 350 members, eight dragon boat teams and an outrigger canoe program. Teams include: Wasabi Fury, a premier mixed team with 40 paddlers; Wasabi Grand Masters, an over age 50 team with 30 paddlers; Wasabi Kraken, a high school team of 15 paddlers; Wasabi VIP, a team of 30 visually-impaired paddlers; Wasabi Special Dragons, a team of 30 paddlers with special needs; Wasabi SOAR, a team of 40 cancer survivors and supporters; Wasabi Tide Runners, a team of 30 paddlers based in the Nehalem area; and Wasabi Women’s Program, which has 80 female paddlers.
For more information on the Wasabi Paddling Club, please visit http://www.wasabiusa.org.
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