Alameda DragonFlyers

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has named winners for its 32nd annual “Eggstravaganza” Coloring Contest.

Photo by Kristen Hanlon.

Perhaps you’ve seen the long, narrow boats gliding gracefully up and down the Alameda/Oakland Estuary, paddlers raising and lowering their paddles in unison as they glide under the drawbridges and through the waters near the Port of Oakland, dwarfed by giant container ships and Coast Guard cutters. As I found out on a recent evening, that grace is earned with a tremendous amount of effort.

I sat in on a practice with the boat tied to the dock since the evening gusts were too strong to take the boat out on the estuary. At the front, seasoned dragon boater Lendy Won offered instruction.