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2014 Half Year Membership
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

 

Greetings paddlers!

If you are interested, for the remainder of the 2014 year, the membership rate is $120.  There is a one-time $20 Administrative Charge for brand new members.

Brand New Members: Houston Heat will be waiving the one-time Administrative Charge if you submit your dues by July 31, 2014 with a completed and signed membership form to the Houston Heat PO BOX (address is listed in the form).

Don't delay.  Your check and form must be post marked and delivered by this date.  Please visit the Houston Heat Join Our Team page to learn more about how to become a member.  You can also download the membership form and read the Houston Heat Code of Conduct at this same page.

 

 
Early Bird Special on 2014 Memberships
Monday, 09 December 2013

 

It is that time of year again to provide paddlers the opportunity to take advantage of the Early Bird Specials for the 2014 year.  The Houston Heat Board has made the decision to maintain the same membership rates as last year.

For the 2014 year, the annual membership rate is $175.  There is a one-time $20 Administrative Charge for brand new members.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: For a limited time, Houston Heat is offering an Early Bird Special Discount if you submit your dues by January 31, 2014 with a completed and signed membership form to the Houston Heat PO BOX (address is listed in the form) - Memberships will be $150.00 for returning members and $160.00 for brand new members (this includes a 50% off of the one-time admin charge).

Don't delay.  This discount will end at midnight on January 31, 2014.  Your check and form must be post marked and delivered by this date.  Please visit the Houston Heat Join Our Team page to learn more about how to become a member.  You can also download the membership form and read the Houston Heat Code of Conduct at this page.

 

 
HH Brought Home Bling From Canada ... It's About Time, Eh?
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Greetings paddlers, from the 25th Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival on Toronto Centre Island. Team Houston Heat ventured into Canadian territory the weekend of June 22 and 23 to go against competition that featured teams capable of holding their own against any dragon boat teams in the world. We saw some elite junior, university, women's, men's, seniors and mixed teams post times unlike any we have seen this year. This was an awesome experience for Houston Heat to see how far we have come and how much more work is needed to keep improving.

Team HH had to board a ferry to reach Centre Island and it was a good time to relax and mentally prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. Unfortunately for the locals, HH brought Texas heat as it was unseasonably warm and that meant spending time in tents or under stately shade trees. The setting was quite nice and very well organized by TIDBRF, from marshaling to well-defined racing lanes, and a PA announcer that kept it festive and lively. Mas had brought Texas flags for everyone and the announcer had fun with HH and even interviewed Mike about his drive from Houston to Toronto. Many of the 6-team races had a NASCAR type finish when the announcer called teams by their names as they surged back and forth trying to maintain the slimmest of leads.

There would be a total of 113 heats over the weekend. HH would race in two 500 meter preliminary heats on Sat and these times would determine seeding for Sun finals. Premier Mixed Heat 34 was our first test and our time of 2:19:87 place us 4th among 6 teams. The University of Waterloo ran away from the field finishing with 2:06:86. Heat 49 was our last prelim on Sat and our time of 2:21:06 carried us to 3rd position. The Canadian Senior Club left everyone in their wake with a 2:06:44 finish. They would later move on to the very competitive elite brackets for Sun finals. It did rain most of the day Sat but not when HH took to the water, so maybe that was a sign of good things to come. The race course around the island was very calm and had a slight current, but it was possible to look at times from different heats and compare ours.

HH first final on Sun was Heat 75 International Final B, a 200 meter race going against teams from New York, Illinois and Trinidad. In a 5-team race, HH took home gold at 0:52:29, 2nd was Wall Street Dragons at 0:52:39, and 3rd was Trinidad at 0:52:50. HH had to come from behind to squeeze out victory by a nose hair in a race much too close to call. The elite teams were finishing under 0:44:00 for this distance but we were placed in the right division to give us a chance at winning our first ever international event. The 1st place plaque made it even sweeter, but a short race like this required the ultimate discipline in keeping it together as a team as every seat contributed.

Our last race for the day was Heat 105 Premier Mixed Final I, a 500 meter race featuring 6 teams with a chance to receive individual medals. HH had to surge from behind again to take home gold at 2:18:57, 2nd was University of Toronto Dentistry 2:18:64, and 3rd was Elementary Teachers of Toronto 2:19:04. If there is something shorter than a nose hair, then that was our winning margin. Btw, there was 1 second difference between 1st and 6th place and no one knew the results until it was announced at the awards stage. Words cannot describe how team HH was feeling when our name was finally announced and it was a very touching, humbling experience for everyone that made this trip. We received another 1st place plaque as well as individual medals. For our teammates back home, we share our euphoria and victories because this was a culmination of all the hard work everyone put out beginning in February. Shortly afterward HH walked to the nearby festival park and beach to take a few team pics with our championship plaques and bling bling. Since no one brought the igloo Matt avoided the celebratory ice bath. However, we were not going to let good beach water go to waste ... in the blink of an eye Matt was hoisted in the air by some more than willing teammates and promptly deposited in the cool soothing water. After that there was not a dry eye or shirt to be found as everyone joined in to celebrate huge wins.

Our success this year and most recently in Toronto is unprecedented. HH should be proud and pats on the back forward are well deserving. Matt was the Lead Coach for Toronto and David was the assistant. They took turns steering and paddling and tweaking the lineup board. Although it did not look like HH had very good success during Sat prelim races, Matt kept us focused heading into Sun finals and confidently said we were going to win both races. Many of our 2 hour practice sessions at Clear Lake and Sugar Land were grueling especially with the weather heating up. The simulated races, 3 min and 2 min runs were all instrumental in preparing us for competition at the highest level. Kudos to Coaches Matt, David, Albert and Jeff for towing boats to practice and making sure our training would bring out the best in everyone when we needed it down the stretch. A weekday practice was added this year to help fine tune the team a few days before going on the road and we are most grateful to have that opportunity. All of our coaches have led us to the promised land in one event or another ... many thanks for your guidance and wisdom, and often making personal sacrifices for the TEAM. Also thanks to Coach David for hosting the Toronto carb up at his exquisite beach house and for printing customized Toronto T-shirts, with some of the proceeds going to charity. Some sizes are still available so see David if you would like to purchase one.

Thanks again to Ann for handling the administrative duties, Diana for coordinating the event, and Thomas and Pei for assisting. Also thanks to those who kept a close eye on little Dylan so Ha could take a seat in the boat. And kudos to the photographers who helped record races and overall weirdness ... all in good fun. Many stayed over a few days to see the sights and sounds of Toronto as well as Niagara Falls. Success does not come without extra work and volunteering, and coaches will always need help steering during practices so it would be a good time to learn during this break before the next event. Also every event needs a coordinator to deal with issues not related to coaching and if you enjoy what has happened so far, then give something back to the team and volunteer to be an event coordinator. It is too easy to sign up and sit back and take for granted others will do the extra work. We are a TEAM and a lot of little things have to be communicated at the right time so no one is ever left in the dark. HH needs to continue to grow and the sky is the limit. Keep recruiting friends, family and co-workers and get them to experience the ultimate Houston Heat TEAM sport!

Next up: 5th Annual Shreveport Dragon Boat Festival September 14. Carpooling and sharing hotel rooms help reduce costs so if you have not experienced a HH road trip, please sign up and help us keep the momentum going. We want to finish the year the way we started.

As always, stay HUMBLE … Houston Heat has never taken home gold from Shreveport. 

 
HH Took Home Gold ... Canada Awaits You
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Greetings paddlers, from the 2013 Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival on Lake Carolyn, Irving, Texas. This is the 4th event in the last 5 weeks making up the Gulf Coast Competitive Dragon Boat Alliance (GCCDBA). Team Houston Heat made another road trip on May 26 to compete on Memorial Day Weekend, which would not have been possible without the brave servicemen and women of this country who made sacrifices to give us this freedom we often take for granted.

HH raced four times Sunday, where wind, light rain and mud made for an interesting day. The competition for the 250 meter sprint race championship was very intense. Because a typical competitive dragon boat team uses about 90 strokes from start to finish, our adversaries (Austin Coolers, DUC Delite, Irving Firefighters) were crossing the finish line varying around 70 seconds in their heats. It was going to be anybody’s ball game going into the 6 team Festival Grand Championship Race, so whoever applied the best combination of synchronization, power and strategy would have earned a hard fought victory.

The HH lineup was being tweaked throughout the day to find the best combination to put on the water for the finals, which featured mixed and open teams. All 20 seats had equal importance and the race started in our minds as soon as we lined up to go to marshaling. HH had a respectable time of 1:12.52 for the 1st heat, but fell off to 1:13.48 for the 2nd heat, but won both by nice margins against local teams. The competition was putting up better times in their respective heats, but windy conditions made it difficult to compare how our times were stacking up. Only head to head races would determine the true winner. The 3rd race was the Open Finals with HH at 1:09.29, DUC Delite 1:09.81, and DUC Delite Two 1:18.73. After a 30 minute break, the field for the 6 team Festival Grand Championship race was set, and everyone was on the same playing field with an equal opportunity to get to the last red buoy first. The top three finishers were HH 1:10.23, Austin Coolers 1:12.56, and DUC Delite 1:14.31.


CONGRATS TO HOUSTON HEAT FOR TAKING HOME GOLD, as we were presented with beautiful trophies for winning the Open Finals and the Festival Grand Champion Finals. There is a Chinese symbol for double happiness and pictures of these trophies side by side certainly invoked images of that meaning. A new paddle with inscriptions documenting the victory was also presented to team HH. There were no individual medals, but everyone put up their best poses with the trophies when paparazzi came out in full force to capture the thrill of victory. Thanks to Barry George of the LA Thunder Dragons for coming all the way from the west coast to compete with his favorite Texas team. Thanks to those who brought out their high powered cameras to video and shoot our races. These are invaluable training tools for our coaches to critique each race and enable them to make adjustments to help us perform at optimum levels.

Kudos to all of you that attended and competed in DFW. Several family and friends made the long drive just to support us and as always, we are most appreciative. Kudos to those who brought extra tents to keep us cool. Kudos to Lead Event Coach David, coordinator Mai (Hulk) for keeping distractions to a minimum and Ann, who truly experienced flying by the seat of her pants as a drummer. Kudos to Coaches Albert, Jeff and Matt for always pushing us during practice and challenging us to get better. Kudos to Coach David for keeping us focused on the task at hand and not letting us dwell on races where we did not perform our best. Coach David was proudly wearing the new team HH dri fit shirt that will be available to everyone soon, and he proceeded to unwillingly test the water dispersion properties ... several times ... with ice added because he was heating up after each test. Btw, Coach David made the long walk to the stage for trophy presentations and did not give the follow me command as he did when he led the team to marshaling each time. Being so disciplined, team HH stayed behind until Coach David finally looked back and gestured us to join him. It was a classic Kodak moment, but also something that reminds us why we win as a team and lose as a team. One person cannot win a race by themselves, but can certainly lose one. This was a day when ONE came together and the results speak for themselves. Pats on the back forward HH and keep the momentum going.

Next up: Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival - June 22 & 23 - at Toronto Center Island

BE HUMBLE … Canada awaits you

 
Post NOLA . . Let's Get Hungry Again!
Monday, 20 May 2013

Greetings paddlers from the 4th Walgreens New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival held in Madisonville, Louisiana on Tchefuncte River this past weekend May 11. This is another event making up the Gulf Coast Competitive Dragon Boat Alliance (GCCDBA). Things did not start out very well with team Houston Heat heading out Friday as a very wet front was coming through and followed us all the way to NOLA. Traffic was backing up in Baton Rouge and this made the trip even longer. HH congregated at Chef Ron’s Fri night for a short pre-race meeting. The food was muy excellente and worry beads were passed out as Coach Jeff and coordinator Ann briefed us on what to expect in the morning. Rise and well, there was no shine Sat morning as a torrential rain kept falling as we made our way across Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to the race site. All of a sudden the DB Gods intervened and the rain actually stopped when all teams arrived and were ready to go. The venue, although a little muddy was perfect as waters were calm and lanes well defined. Kudos to Great White North and local volunteers for putting together a well organized event.

HH raced four times Saturday. Ist qualifying heat was against Chinese Fire Drill 1:48.93 and Cajun Invasion 1:48.78, with HH winning at 1:36:98. Although promoted as a 500 meter course, it was actually closer to 380 meters which called for long power strokes almost the entire race. 2nd heat was a 200 meter medal race labeled as the Travelers Cup, featuring Toronto Firefighters 0.55:99, HH 0.58.17, and Cajun Invasion 1:04:20. It was a sprint from start to finish but the Firefighters took home a well deserved Gold. 3rd heat featured Follow The Leader 1:51.88, Cajun Invasion 1:51.76 and HH crossing the finish line with 1:41.55. HH knew it was going into the finals against 2 teams that were almost 6-7 secs faster in their semifinal heats. The last race of the day was the Premier Mixed A Division Championship Final featuring Toronto Firefighters 1:36.63, Lions venture Scout Dragons 1:38.63 and HH at 1:40.60. Kudos to the Firefighters and Scout Dragons for their 1st and 2nd place finishes. HH was last out of the starting gates and could not move up on the leaders but nonetheless, left it all on the water and that’s really what it’s all about.

Kudos to all of you that attended and competed in NOLA. Several made the long drive just to support us and as always, we are most appreciative. Kudos to Lead Event Coach Jeff, Ann and Coach Albert for putting in long hours to get us battle ready. Kudos to the Austin Coolers who joined us this weekend on the water and later on Bourbon Street as well as Cajun Invasion for picking up a couple of HH paddlers. Kudos to Jackie who came along for the ride, took a nap and ended up with 2 golds, courtesy of drumming for Toronto Firefighters.

This was a very good test to see how far HH has come and how much more work needs to be done. Coaches can only do so much; it is up to us to decide how good we really want to be. We have the best coaches who make sure the boats are always available, so failure to attend practice is not an option and is not fair to your teammates who take this sport seriously and put in hours on the water and land to be competitive. So how bad do YOU really want it?

Next up: DFW Dragon Boat Festival - May 26 on Lake Carolyn, Irving, Texas

BE HUMBLE … GET HUNGRY AGAIN

 



2014 Race Calendar


Grand Prairie
April 12

Austin, TX
April 26

Houston, TX
May 3
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Dallas, TX
Combined team with
Cajun Invasion
May 18 (Sunday)

Taiwan-Hong Kong
Taiwan (May 31-Jun 2)
Hong Kong (Jun 6-8)
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Seattle, WA
July 19
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GCCDBA Paddle Battle
Clear Lake
August 23

Tampa, FL
October 4

Sugar Land, TX
October 18, 19