Mira Bay Has Dragon Boat Paddling Club

The Newland Community owned Mira Bay includes over 800 homes in the Apollo Beach area. The community has many premier amenities available at The Mira Bay Club, including a spa, fitness center, pool with aquatics classes, tennis, The Outfitters shop, The Gallery poolside café and more.  The club is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The club can be reached at 649-1500.

Mira Bay Dragon Boat Club

The Mira Bay Dragon Boat Club, the Leviathans, is looking for new paddlers to join the team. Interested paddlers must be at least 15 years old, resident or non-residents welcome. Practices are held at the Mira Bay Lagoon every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.

A dragon boat is a human-powered paddle boat made out of wood in various shapes and sizes that originated in the Pearl River Delta region of China that has grown to be an international team paddling sport. In the Chinese lunar calendar, the dragon boat festival is held on the 5th day of the 5th month. The celebration includes dragon boat races and rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves to commemorate the great poet Chu Yuan, who lived 343-290 B.C. These festivities are over 2,000 years old. More information about this tradition can be found on the Leviathans Website under the Dragon Boat History section on the right-hand side.

Scheduled events for the year include the 2nd Annual Puerto Rico Dragon Boat Festival in Lago Cerrillos, Ponce, PR on Saturday, February 1, and the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival in Tampa on Saturday, April 26. The Leviathans are sponsored by Mira Bay and by Charles Winston Collections.

Any questions can be sent to inquiries@mbdbc.org. Visit http://mbdbc.org for more information.