The Dragonboot Race
Geschrieben am 29.03.2016
60 teams, perceived temperature of 30° in the shade and lots of fun – on Easter Monday, the “German Dragons” took part in the annual dragon boat regatta at Cape Town Waterfront. Our teams did a good job in three races and, despite a low position in the ranking, we gained a trophy for the best team spirit.
The organization of this huge event is remarkable. Each team pays a fee of 1600 Rand, i.e. approx.. 107€, to take part in the race. For many families in South Africa this amount equals a monthly wage, so, this is barely comparable to Germany. Many teams come from poorer regions and cannot pay the entry fee easily. The youth save and collect money for this annual event, some have company sponsors, e.g. for t-shirts. The dragon boats are owned by a Muslim congregation in Cape Town that organizes the regatta together with the New Apostolic Church. The aim is to keep youth from crime with events like these. Fellowship and fun are paramount und, thus, the youth are already looking forward to the next dragon boat regatta on Easter Monday 2017.