Paddlers from across the Sunshine State are anticipated to gather in Southwest Florida April 14 for War on the Peace, the 2nd Annual Punta Gorda Dragon Boat Races at Laishely Park in Punta Gorda, Fla. Racing begins at 9 a.m. as about 1,000 Dragon Boat paddlers from across Florida are expected to battle it out for cash prizes. Sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte Harbor Paddlers, this amateur racing event is an official Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (SRDBA) points race. Dragon boating is a co-ed team sport. Twenty people paddle the 40-foot-long dragon boat 400 meters (just less than a quarter mile) in about two and a half minutes, plus one person is the steerer and another person is a drummer for a total of 22 people in a boat. The 2011 inaugural event attracted more than 3,000 visitors to the destination with 31 teams and 700 competitors participating. This year promises to attract more competitors and spectators. Additional information about the 2nd Annual Punta Gorda Dragon Boat Festival can be found on the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. ###
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.