Charlotte Harbor Paddlers
A competitive dragonboat club
Early in 2006, Bob Brazeau, an experienced dragon boater and native of Canada, convinced some friends at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Florida, to form a paddling club. Since they did not have a boat, they sat on the edge of a pool to learn the dragon boat paddle stroke! Much has changed since then!
The group of friends purchased a dragon boat, incorporated as The Charlotte Harbor Paddlers (CHP), gained 501 (c)(3) status and became the Draggin' Dragons competitive dragon boat team. Right from the beginning, as now, the team competes from October to May in Central and Southwest Florida Dragon Boat Festivals.
Very recent additions to the Club include the Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) Competitive Team Missin' Mammaries (now Muscles and Mascara) and a second boat to facilitate practices for CHP's growing membership. In 2014 we added a 10 person team, the Rogue Dragons, and formed a women's team, the Vogue Dragons, in 2016.
In April of 2011 through 2013, the Charlotte Harbor Paddlers and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce sponsored the War on the Peace Dragon Boat Festival in Punta Gorda. The event was an Official SRDBA (Southeastern Region Dragon Boat Association) Points Race of which CHP is a member.
We are a Club of volunteers who pitch in whenever and wherever needed. Everyone can and is encouraged to get involved. Officers and a board of directors,
elected by the members, and ad hoc committees, work together for the benefit of the Club and the sport of Dragon Boating. Community service includes an annual
Club contribution to the local Harry Chapin Food Bank. It's rewarding to get involved with the Club and help its members thrive in the "World's Fastest Growing
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What's New?The 2015 season was exciting and fruitful for the CHP. We medaled in Tavares and made it to the A division in every race we entered - Miami, Tampa and Marathon.
Our 10 year Coach Bob departed for the East Coast of Florida and Cathy has taken over the head coaching duties. We are training hard for the 2015-2016 season starting with the Rogues entering the PanAm Dragon Boat Club Crew races in Welland, Ontario in August. The week after the PanAm, the IDBF World Dragon Boat races occur at the same venue and we are proud that 6 of our Club Members made Senior C Team USA.
We will race in October and November in 2015. Practices start on October 6. Then 2016 will commence with a race in Puerto Rico on February 6.
Come join us for an introductory paddle. Dragon boating is fun, a great workout and you will meet lots of fit, happy competitors.