Dragon boat racing, which has a 2500 year history that began in China, is among the fastest growing of team water sports, with scores of thousands of participants in various organizations and clubs in over 60 countries. The sport is recognized for the camaraderie, strength and endurance fostered amongst participants and for its fundraising efforts and programs for breast cancer survivors.

The Hat Dragons are proud to have been a part of Dragon Boat Charleston (DBC) since its first Festival. Some of us are cancer survivors.  All are excited to be part of a Team so many years past high school, where such opportunities weren't available for girls.  We are proud to represent The Hat Ladies and to give our support to a cause that affects so many.

THE CHARLESTON CELEBRATION CUP (CCC) is held in the fall.  It is a much more intimate Competition (@6 Teams compete) held in a much smaller venue (Trophy Lakes on John's Island).  But it is no less meaningful.  While all Competitions are fun and a celebration of life, this one almost totally focuses on that philosophy.  Moreover we celebrate the lives of the "Courageous Kidz" who are undergoing treatment for cancer and introduce them to the joys of Dragon Boating.  Click HERE for those photos


Decorating our tent the day before... takes TEAMwork...and that includes the husbands

The kitchen utensils that hang from the ceiling of our tent will be donated to The Cancer Thrift Shop

Homage being paid to Aji Asian Bistro, who generously supported our Team and our cause

By 7:30 am the tables are set with a feast from morning to late afternoon

Once again, TEAMwork at its finest

Always time for last minute strategizing from Captain Archie

In keeping with our "kitchen" theme, we are wearing aprons with our Hat Dragon Logo

Elaine paints Hat Dragon designs on our faces


Support of husbands, family, and friends is invaluable...

...and deeply appreciated...all season long

An attempt to show all 3 rows

Dragon Boat 2019 pg. 2