English conversation : dragon boat race
Come and experience the thrill and excitement of the 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival (Drakenbootfestival) on Saturday, 16 September at Kattendijkdok. It is one of Antwerpen’s largest festival in Eilandje. Admission is free and it is truly a family event for both young and old alike.
A dragon boat is an open canoe of about 14 meters long and 1 meter wide. It is decorated with a stylized dragon head and a tail in vibrant colours. There is room for 16 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 experienced person who guides the team and is at the rear of the boat on the steering wheel. The drummer determines the pace and rhythm of the paddles. He sits at the front of the boat, with his face to the paddlers and strikes the pace on the drum. The boats can go up to speeds of 17 kmh as they skim across the water.
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