Dragon Boat Championships sail into Pattaya Aug. 20-25

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Pattaya City hosts the 14th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing championships during August 20-25, 2019 at Mapprachan Reservoir
Pattaya City hosts the 14th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing championships during August 20-25, 2019 at Mapprachan Reservoir

More than 4,000 athletes from 30 countries will complete for glory at the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships at Pattaya’s Mab­prachan Reservoir Aug. 20-25.

Sponsored by city hall, the Royal Thai Navy and the Rowing & Canoeing Association of Thailand, the races will feature rowers in three age brackets: Under 16, 17-22, and 23 and older.

Pattaya expects the event will generate more than 200 million baht in tourist revenue for the city.

Dragon boats offer a unique twist on classing rowing sculls, with an effigy of a dragon on the prow and a drummer sitting in the stern to keep time for the five to 22 rowers.

Thailand traditionally does very well in the races, sweeping most trophies.