For the third-straight year, Tomlin St Cyr will participate in the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival. Taking place on April 27 on downtown Tampa’s Garrison Channel, 22 members on the Pineapple Pirates boat will compete in the Community Festival Mixed class. Everyone is invited to cheer the team on, either at team’s tent at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena or along the beautiful Riverwalk as the teams race one another. The event is free to the public and people of all ages can enjoy food trucks, live music, entertainment, local merchants and fun activities. The event runs from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (the After Party in the Dark is 5–7 p.m.)
After the first year of organizing and competing with a team, TSC broker owner Ali St Cyr said, “My intent was to get everyone together for a fun Saturday doing something ‘out of the box.’ What I didn’t realize was that I had recruited a group of Type A business leaders that were more interested in winning. Talk about an intense group! At the end of the race, you have probably never seen a group so proud to wear that bronze medal!”
On a typical dragon boat, 20 people paddle while the “Drummer” sits at the bow drumming the “heartbeat” for the paddling. The “Caller” steers at the back, using counts of eight followed by a “Power 10” where everyone pushes to their limit. The “Mosquitoes” sit in the front of the boat and set the pace. “The Engine Room” are usually big and strong with the “Caboose” paddling in the back. Each team competes in three races. It’s a great event with over 50 teams, thousands of spectators and a fun time with the TSC team in matching shirts. It’s become an annual tradition that the brokerage looks forward to each year!
The festival is a fundraiser for The Junior League of Tampa, a nonprofit organization of 2,000 women dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. All net proceeds from the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival will support the League’s life-changing community projects and advocacy programs throughout the local and state community. The League’s operating expenses are funded entirely by our members’ annual dues.
For more information, please visit jltampa.org/dragonboats/paddlers.