The Dragon’s Alive blog is back! The first race of the season (Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival in Chattanooga) is over and now it’s on to the second one, the Cape Fear Dragon Boat Festival in Wilmington, NC. I’m providing boats and race management services for the race organizer, Arnie Cullipher. Check out the Web site for more info.

This is the first dragon boat race in Wilmington. There are 16 very excited teams What a great place for a great sport. I have a feeling everyone will love it!

My husband, Chris, and I have been on the road most of the day. Now, we are at a very nice hotel and relaxing before a 6 a.m. day tomorrow.

I’ve gotten used to hotel living alone, so this is a little new for me. I’m used to doing what I want, when I want while traveling and lodging. Who am I kidding? I’ll continue to do what I want, when I want!

I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends soon – paddlers I’ve coached many times the last four years or so. Practices here for all the teams are tomorrow. It’s time to convert people to dragon boat fanatics!

Paddles Up!