What’s New

  • IDBF Club Crew World Championships NEW Information

    The 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships will be held in Szeged, Hungary. The dates of this event are July 17 – 22, 2018.

    Various information has been published for the attending teams to review.

    All of the Bulletins and Newsletters that have been released for this event can be found by visiting this website:


    If you click on the “Bulletin/Newsletter” button at the bottom, you will see that Newsletter #5 has just been released, along with information on transportation and rates.

  • Pan Am Club Crew Championship dates announced

    The dates have been announced for the Pan Am Club Crew Championships.

    If your club or team is interested in participating in this Championship race to be held in Tobago, please download the Invitation Letter here.

    This event will take place March 22 – 24, 2019.

  • Team USA 2019 Coaching Applications available

    The USDBF now has available application information if you are interested in becoming a Team USA Coach for the 2019 IDBF World Championships.

    Please download the information here.

    The deadline for Coaching Application submission to the USDBF is May 15, 2018.

  • New Board elected at ADBA AGM

    Congratulations to the new officers and directors that were elected by the membership at the Annual General Membership meeting of the American Dragon Boat Association (ADBA) held on Saturday, March 24th

    Elected for a two year term were:

    Barb Michaels; President
    Robin Iovino; Secretary
    Cheryl Lychwick; Director
    Sue Miller; Director
    Ron Hau; Director

    The position of 2nd Vice President (this is a new position) was not filled at this time.  Nominations are still being accepted and this position will be filled by the Board of Directors at a later date.  If you or someone you know is interested in submitting an application for this position, please contact the ADBA Secretary at secretary@americandragonboat.org.

    Click here for a description of the responsibilities of the 2nd VP officer position.

    To see the complete list of the ADBA Board of Directors, you can visit the “Officers and Directors” tab under the “About” section of this website.

  • USDBF Official’s training

    The ADBA is looking for people that are interested in expanding their knowledge of the rules and regulations regarding Dragon Boat racing. We would like to offer a USDBF Official’s training course here in the Midwest. This class would be offered here in the Midwest if there is enough interest to cover the cost to bring in the instructor. Please let us know if you are interested by sending an email to: secretary@americandragonboat.com.

  • International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) News

    The 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Festival will be held in Florence, Italy at Cascine Park.  The announced dates are July 6 – 8, 2018. Click here to visit their website for additional information.

    Click here to view drone footage of the IBCPC Festival that was held in Sarasota, Florida during October 2014.

  • IDBF 2019 World Championships location announced

    The 2019 World Championships will be held in Pattaya, Thailand. The dates for the 14th World Nations Championships have not yet been announced.

  • 2017 ADBA Regional Championship Race results from Lake Arlington

    The American Dragon Boat Association is pleased to announce the winners of the ADBA Regional Championship Race that was held in conjunction with the Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington, Illinois (near Chicago) on July 29, 2017. The winners were awarded berths to the IDBF Club Crew World Championships which will be held in Szeged, Hungary in 2018.

    In the Premier Mixed division, the winner of the ADBA berth to the IDBF CCWC in Szeged is:
    Paddlin’ for MB

    In the Senior A division there were several berths awarded:
    Sr A Mixed: Windy City Dragons
    Sr A Open: Windy City Dragons
    Sr A Women: Windy City Dragons

    Please congratulate all four of these teams for their accomplishment at winning their respective division races at the ADBA Regional Championships!

  • USDBF Club Crew National Championships

    The USDBF Club Crew National Championships were held recently at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The ADBA had several crews that competed in this National event.

    For complete results of the USDBF CCNC, click here.

    The ADBA sends congratulations out to the following crews for their outstanding performance in this National competition:
    Senior A Mixed
    Windy City Dragons – First Place Gold Medal
    Premier Open
    Windy City Dragons – Second Place Silver Medal
    Premier Mixed
    Paddlin’ for MB powered by GWN – Second Place Silver Medal

    These crews were up against some of the best competition in the country at the US Nationals. The top three winners in each division were awarded berths at the World Club Crew Championships to be held in Szeged, Hungary in 2018.