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2016 Guam Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival

2016 Guam Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival Dragon Boat Guam Philippine Dragon Boat
With crystal clear waters, white star-sand beaches, stunning sunsets, hospitable people, incredible underwater life and some of the best diving sites, Guam is a destinations like no other close to being heaven on earth. From American franchise to European fine dining and Asian fusion, to home style eateries up to the history, adventure, and maybe shopping where you can find anything tax free, Guam is one of the best place for sport enthusiast. A perfect answer for those who are seeking moments of relaxation after the race. 

Do you need a reason to visit Guam? Here is one of good reason to include this tropical island in your bucket list.

Guam has a pleasant tropical climate tempered by the northeast trade winds and the north equatorial ocean current that flows west across the Pacific. This island is part of Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean, bears the influence of several cultures. Because of its location near the International Date Line, Guam’s slogan is: ‘Where America’s Day Begins’.

With so much more to explore in this island such as: military sites, caves and waterfalls that rival the island’s prettiest beaches, Guam is holding the "2016 Guam Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival” on November 18-20, 2016 at Matapang Beach in Tumon, Guam with the prime purpose of instituting programs for the development of Athletes, Communities, Educators and Students in Guam and other neighboring countries. 

Dragon boating is on its way to becoming firmly established as a recreational and competitive team sport in Guam and in the World. For the past years, Guam held races for the locals and Guam have participated in International Events but never hosted one. Races like Commemorative 9/11 Dragon Boat Race brings Dragon Boat clubs from Guam as a form of recreation and get together of enthusiast.

It's the first International Dragon Boat Race that Guam will host thru Guam ACES, Inc. The goal and concept of the event is designed to enhance relationships through friendly competition among the local and international club crews. This event will allow the exchange of cultural experiences among different Dragon Boat Clubs from other countries and putting Guam as one of the Dragon Boat venues in the world.  

Matapang Beach, Tumon, Guam
November 19 to 20, 2016

Entry Requirement: Teams can participate in any category with a minimum of 4 competition class.

Competition Regulations and Racing Rules

The 1st Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival will comply with IDBF Competition Regulations and will be under the IDBF Rules of Racing. Guam Dragon Boat Federation will provide details about the rules and regulations in the Manager’s meeting. However, in advance you may contact Mr. Gordon T.C. Chu, Honorary Life President of the Guam Dragon Boat Federation at + 1 671 6464410 and e-mail at for any clarifications. You may also contact our local partners in your area.

Divisions, Racing & Competition Classes and Distances
The Divisions, Racing and Competition Classes for the Festival are listed below. Participating Clubs must provide a minimum of 4 entries for each competition class.

Trophies and cash prizes await the winners. Every participating team will receive a souvenir for remembrance.  

Men’s / Women’s Open –There are no restrictions on competitor’s age; Junior Under 23 – Aged 12 years but under 23 years.

Racing Class
Men – for male crews only including the Drummer and Steerer; Women – for female crews only 
Mixed – 22 Racers: minimum of eight (8) female Paddlers - 12 Racers: minimum of four (4) female paddlers

300 & 500 meters straight course
Boat – Standard boat for all categories.

No. of Competitors 
22 Racers - Maximum 26 competitors
     20 Paddlers
     1 Drummer
     1 Steerer
     2 Reserves
     1 Team Leader
     1 Team Manager
12 Racers - Maximum 16 competitors
     10 Paddlers
     1 Drummer
     1 Steerer
     2 Reserves
     1 Team Leader
     1 Team Manager

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For Sponsorship/Support you may contact Ms. Sheila Leyva of Mindset Events and Production the Official Philippine Partner of Guam ACES, Inc. at Mobile:  +63 916 336 6855 or Email: 


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