2015 Teams

Oriental Dragon Masters: This is the local Dragon Boat Club Team, which took First Place in the B-Division Championship Final of 2014. 

Draggin Tails: Returning for the sixth consecutive year, this team is always a contender. Comprised of Deaton family members and employees of Deaton Boatyard, the squad took Gold Championship Final in 2010 – the Festival’s inaugural year.

Devil Dogs: A powerhouse Marine team, supported by Community Outreach Partner Deaton Boatyard, this team took Bronze in the 2013 Championship Final and were the 2014 Champions.       
                       
DragonBoat Beaufort, S.C. -- Cancer Survivor Team; learn more about their amazing story at the Aug. 14 showing of a documentary titled Awaken the Dragon, to be shown at the Old Theater in downtown Oriental.

Dragons with a Cause: A new Oriental/New Bern Cancer Survivor & Supporter Team, sponsored by Carolina East Medical Center.

Dragon Boat Charleston Awakened Dragons: This undaunted Cancer Survivor Team went to Boston in mid-June and returned with the Survivor Cup. Many of the original team members are featured in the documentary Awaken the Dragon, which will be shown at the Old Theater in downtown Oriental on Friday night, Aug. 14.     

River Dunes Dragons: A spanking new, but thoroughly pumped, Dragon Boat contingent from River Dunes. Look for Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Firefighters to be embedded into this team!

Warp Speed Dragons: A new team comprised of teachers from the New Bern area. They must be considered a wild card in the competition, as they bring with them Star Trek-induced tricks of the trade.             
Boy Scouts of America Troop 683 Wave Riders: A perennial favorite these young men and troop leaders always come prepared. Sponsored by PotashCorp—Aurora, the Boy Scouts took Third Place in the A Division Bracket last year. Look for them to compete with the best of the best!

Gnarly Dragons: Homegrown, and a bit long in the tooth, these guys and gals always find a way to get it done. Their team spirit is unsurpassed in the history of Oriental Dragon Boat Racing. The team paddled their way to glory in 2014, taking Third Place in the B Division Championship Final.

Fossil Floaters:  Known for their ‘come from behind’ finishes, this squad is one exciting outfit. They, of course, are valued employees of nearby mining behemoth PotashCorp-Aurora. In 2014, they took Fourth Place in the A Division Consolation Final – a very, very respectable performance.

Spartan Longpaddles: All Marines, and 100 percent muscle. This team blew away the competition in 2013, taking home the Gold in the Championship Division. No doubt about it, this unit remains a force to be reckoned with!!!
         
Chesty Pullers: Perhaps the most misinterpreted team nickname in the history of Dragon Boat Racing. It’s not what you think – we’ll explain more on Race Day. Thanks to Community Outreach Partner – Carolina East Medical Center for their support of this outstanding Marine Team.                     
Neuse Winds Freedom Riders: This all-Marine unit holds the record for fastest time over a 250-meter course and were Gold Medal Winners in 2013. Once again, our sincere appreciation to John Weinerth MD and his wife Peggy for renewing their pledge to serve as a Community Outreach Partners for these fine young men and women.                              

Salty Serpents: PotashCorp—Aurora, eastern North Carolina’s largest private employer, fields a second team! Like their sister team mentioned above, these paddlers never give up. In 2014, the squad surprised every spectator and every participant by taking Fourth Place in the A Division Championship Final. Never, ever count them out.

Riverside Knights: Unbelievable! These are kids – many of them can’t even drive yet, but man oh man, can they paddle! This high school and junior high team hail from Williamston. In 2014, they won the Washington, N.C. Dragon Boat ‘Smoke on the Water’ competition. We welcome them to Oriental, where they will quickly become a crowd favorite!         

Sound Rivers Dragons: They fight to keep the waters of our region clean! Welcome paddling supporters of the Pamlico-Tar River and River Neuse Foundation. We owe these wonderful people a vote of thanks for their unyielding efforts to ensure the health of our area’s waterways!         

Freedom Dragon Tamers: Want to start a business, or improve the success of an existing business!? Check with any of the paddlers who make up a ‘combined team’ – Chamber of Commerce members from Havelock and from Pamlico County.