The Lamma Dragons have a long and proud history as one of the oldest dragon boat teams in Hong Kong. Most of the current team started with us as brand new paddlers and we always welcome all levels of fitness and competence on the water. Becoming a skilled dragon boater requires careful training. Our coaches are always revising the best techniques to get the power into the water, using the strongest muscles in your body; your legs and your back. We do our best to train smart, not just hard. Being a Lamma Dragon is much more than just surpassing your personal best, it is about encouraging each other to reach a higher level of achievement both physically and mentally than would be possible by your own individual efforts.
However being a member of the Lamma Dragons is just as much fun as it is fierce training. We are a social club who value an inclusive team and are extremely dedicated to our community outreach. We have ongoing efforts to protect and respect the environment we paddle in. We maintain good relationships with the local community. We are also especially dedicated to supporting and improving our Under 18s team. It is the ideal way to meet new people, especially if you are new to Hong Kong.
The dragon boat season runs from around early February until the end of June. We compete in a wide range of races throughout the season (and sometimes beyond). From local fishermen’s races to overseas and international competitions, pitting us against some of the top teams in the world. We race men’s, mixed, women’s and Under 18’s boats.
The Lamma Dragons have a special place in the history of dragon boating in Hong Kong.
In the mid-1980s, a group of curious women noticed the local fishermen practicing the traditional sport of dragon boat racing in the Yung Shue Wan Harbour. Plucking up their courage, they inquired if the fishermen would teach them how to dragon boat so that they might enter local races and test their skills against the local competition. In this way, the Lamma Ladies Dragons became one of the first Western teams to compete against the local fishermen and women’s teams.
In the years that followed, a strong team of Western men followed suit, and also began dragon boating under the watchful eyes of the local fishermen.
The generosity of our early tutors was not wasted. The Lamma Dragons have won numerous cups and medals over the years, at home in the Hong Kong races, and interna
tionally in China, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Lamma Ladies Dragons (known abroad as the “Pink Ladies”) in particular have consistently proven themselves to be powerful competitors, capturing the gold cup at Stanley in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2006.
For approximately 20 years, the Lamma Dragons have practiced their sport on the waters of Yung Shue Wan Harbour. The crews today are a diverse group of Europeans, North and South Americans, Asians, Australians and New Zealanders and Africans. The years have brought many changes to Hong Kong, but one thing has always remained the same for the Lamma Dragons: we remember and honour our roots.
Today, the fishermen of Yung Shue Wan still guide the helms of our boats. They remain our strongest supporters and our greatest allies in a sport we have grown to love. We would not be here today without their constant help and kindness.