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Dragon Boat Racing Is Having A Moment

A week and a half ago, I had never heard of dragon boat racing. But then, for a group date, “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert had the dudes vying for her love head out into Hong Kong, assemble a team, and join her on the beach for a dragon boat race. I cheered as Mickey and Ames paddled like pros, and laughed as Ben and Constantine remarked that they were being “smoked like salmon, bro.”

Now, just a week later, I’ve had my second exposure to dragon boating, this time via Prince William and Kate Middleton.While visiting Prince Edward Island in Canada (hello, “Anne of Green Gables”), the two partook in a little dragon boat race. They were charged with steering two boats, but as the race got under way, they quickly started paddling with their teams, too. Apparently, these Kate and William are highly competitive. Because, no, William did not let his lady win—he rowed his boat’s way to victory. “There’s no chivalry in sport,” he said, afterward. “We are both very competitive. She beats me at tennis and skiing but I am better at the rest.”

All I have to say is—if someone is doing PR for dragon boat racing, they are doing a very effective job. I kind of want to try it now.

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