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The only Dragon Boat race in the United States run by active members of Team USA - 2007 and 2011 World Champions!



The IDBR Benefits Vietnam Veterans Society, Philadelphia PAL, Disabled Military Veterans, and The Blue Star Mothers, as well as funding Team USA 2015.

Join us in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 6, 2015 for the 9th Annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta!

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!  If you can bring together 20 friends, family members, or co-workers, you can race a Dragon Boat.  Here's how:

1. Sign up at http://www.independencedbr.com

2. When you register, you can book up to THREE practices.  These practices will be coached and steered by members of Team USA, the current World Champions!  We'll teach you how to hold the paddle, the stroke, everything.  We provide the boat, the paddles, the life vests, so you just need to arrive and be ready to go.

3. Choose your three practice dates, and see the city like you've never seen it before.

4. Come race day you and your teammates will have a reserved space along the river to watch the races while waiting for your heats.  You can rent a tent, or bring your own.  You can bring a grill, and have an all-day tailgate!

5. You'll race three times:  500 Meters per round.  You'll have a Qualifying Heat, a Semi-Final Round, and then a Final Race. 



"Training for and racing on the day of the Regatta was a wonderful experience! Not only is Dragon Boat itself a fun sport, but I also got to become friends with people on my team that I would otherwise never have had the chance to meet. The practices were super helpful and the coaches (some of them even world champions!) were always patient. I would definitely do it again!" – Wendy (Wei) Diao, Medical Student at Jefferson Medical College, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes


"The camaraderie that our team developed in our first attempt dragon boating was awesome. Our instructors at the practices really helped the team come together." – John Barbieri, Medical Student at University of Pennsylvania, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes

 “The practices were extremely helpful. Our coaches helped us in every aspect: adjusting rowing motions, improving synchronization, and forming race day strategies. Thanks to the coaches, even a new team like ours could win bronze medals! – Daniel Chen, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes

"Thank you so much, Ken, for providing such a wonderful platform for the Blue Star Mothers to spread our message.
We appreciated the opportunity to meet with Brigadier General Lord, and were able to meet many soldiers and their parents to encourage membership.  We also connected with a volunteer from Habitat for Humanity regarding housing for wounded soldiers.  In addition, we were invited to speak at deployment ceremonies and Family Readiness Groups, which will be so valuable in continuing our mission of supporting the mothers of active-duty troops.
We'd like to thank you also for your hospitality at the VIP tent; your volunteers were also very kind in offering us beverages and refreshments throughout the day.  You have a wonderful team, and we were extremely impressed with your organization.
Thank you again, with warm regards,"
Patricia Callahan Jillard
The Philadelphia Chapter of The Blue Star Mothers

"On behalf of Belle Bateau, thank you to you and the entire team for an amazing day! There were so many variables that worked - tent location, parking luck, beautiful weather, the absolute joy of competing, the camaraderie of the sport, having Andy as our steersperson for all 3 races, the incredible organization of the entire event and the good cheer of everyone of who announced the races, coordinated the boat area and helped us off the boat. I also want to thank your team for our amazing practices preparing us for the race. We won our last race of the day and it was thrilling.

We look forward to next year. We love this regatta."

Mo Ganey

Belle Bateau

"You guys know how to throw a great race. We had a wonderful time and we're impressed with how well organized you were throughout the day.
Thank you,"

Linda Breitstein
Schuylkill Dragons

"The event was so much fun, and the people running it (PDBA) could not have been more pleasant or helpful. The PDBA has actively been training all who wanted to paddle in their team boats for the past two months, at no cost. Our hats go off to them for their devotion to promoting this sport!


Emily Liebert

Captain, Dragonthaw

"The Filthy Oars had a fantastic 1st experience at the Independence Dragon Boat Regatta.  We are looking forward to next year!"

Jennifer Frank
Captain, Filthy Oars

"I would like to say first off that we had a FANTASTIC time on Saturday! Everyone was great and we couldn’t have asked for a better day, water level notwithstanding. We had no experienced rowers in our boat (Temple Admin) but are calling this a learning experience and next year we will be fierce!"

Joanna Briggs
Temple Admin