Dragon boat racing makes a splash in Israel
Photos showcase the unique sport that has gained popularity in recent years.
An ancient Chinese tradition, dragon boat racing, has made its way from the Pearl River Delta into the Sea of Galilee. In this 2,000-year-old sport, teams grab their paddles and race each other in long boats across the water. The joint initiative between Canada and Israel began in May 2012 with an international festival and now, two years later, Israel has held its first completely local race. On June 13, teams comprised of members of all ages and experience levels took to the water for an exciting day of dragon boat racing.
True to its name, the dragon boat is decorated with traditional Chinese depictions of dragons at the front and at the back of the long boats. Each team consists of around 22 members, including the drummer (or caller) who faces the team and leads them across the water
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