Cape May Dragon Boat Races 2013

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Cape May Harbor, NJ -  The sun was bright, the breeze a bit stiff,  and the spirits could not have been higher on Cape May Harbor Saturday.

Almost four dozen teams suited up and clambered aboard aluminum dragon boats, modeled on ancient wooden boats. They came complete with fierce looking dragon heads.

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The races were a fundraiser for the Cape May Chamber of Commerce. The 44 teams paid the Chamber one thousand dollars apiece for the opportunity to take part.  A Canadian company supplied the boats.

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Boarding the very narrow boats took a little time. Teams got three chances to row their boats through the harbor. Each trip was timed. Organizer Timothy Bobb says about half of the teams were local, the other half came from Pennsylvania and Central Jersey.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania fielded the Blazing Dragons.

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Team members live in towns along the Delaware River, like New Hope, Newtown and Yardley.   They’re old hands at dragon boat racing – they take part in a dozen or so races every year.

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Other teams paid more attention to dressing properly for the moment, like the North Beach Strokers,  from the North Beach Sports Club. Team members adopted a Hawaiian theme for their official rowing outfits.

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The Housewives of Cape May wore tiaras and pink rubber gloves.

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Brandy White, at the head of the boat, added an apron and a spatula to beat out the time.

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Many of the teams used the day as an opportunity to raise money for a favorite cause.

Timothy Bobb says the Chamber uses the money it raises from the event to operate the Welcome Center in Cape May.

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