Dragon Boat Enthusiasts Make Waves at Lake Las Vegas

Long, sleek vessels graced with colorful dragon heads cut through serene, glistening waters in a quest to cross the finish line first during a weekend of races at Lake Las Vegas.

Teams from six western states and Canada competed in the second annual Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival at the Henderson lake. The two-day event featured 250-meter sprint and 500-meter races.

“Dragon boating is really all about having one boat, one beat,” said Sherri Weaver, 52, president of the Dragonboat Racing Association Group of Nevada, a nonprofit with the primary purpose of promoting dragon boat racing in Nevada.

“People have to be in sync with each other or else that boat isn’t going to go anywhere. It’s really all about teamwork,” she said Sunday.

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