Dragon Boat

United East Athletics Association began competing in the 2000 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Competition with only an open team. The team has grown dramatically over the years and has elevated itself from a recreational team to a competitive crew rising up the ranks in the NYC dragon boat community. We work with members from a range of ages and ability hoping to cultivate passion and love for the sport and a desire to push oneself and your team to new limits. No experience necessary! All of our paddlers are homegrown and we come in all ages, shapes, and sizes!

Our team philosophy is to motivate through the enjoyment of the sport and the bonds we form with each other. We believe anyone can learn to paddle, but a desire to improve only comes with passion and a consistent work ethic. We foster team and personal growth by encouraging teamwork and camaraderie through water practices and weekly team workouts that are fun and challenging! Our practices focus on improvement through the correct application of the team’s technique which emphasizes efficiency and endurance. We don’t leave teammates behind and strive to make each season better than the last!

Practice Schedule


Wednesdays: Join us for our Wednesday Circuit Workouts from 6:30-7:00 PM ET

Sundays 12:30 PM-2:00 PM ET: Winter training starts on the paddle ERG, a machine adapted for paddling!


We practice at the Worlds Fair Marina on Sundays and a weeknight from May through September, located behind Citifield Stadium which is accessible via car or public transportation on the 7 train to Willets Point.

Wednesdays: 6:30 PM Circuit Workout

Sundays 1-3 PM Water Practice

Fridays 7-8:30 PM Water Practice

Looking forward to meeting you and hope to see you at one of our practices!

UEAA Dragon boat team


$40 for High School/College Students
$80 for Non-Students

Includes race registration fees and equipment rentals. Also includes general UEAA membership to participate in all United East teams and clubs. Competitive paddling in NYC doesn’t get any more affordable! *All participating members must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with a booster.

Note:  *Race transportation and lodging costs are not included.

2016 Races
PS1 Indoor Regatta
GWN Toronto Sport Regatta
New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
GWN Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival

2017 Races
PS1 Indoor Regatta
GWN Richmond Virginia Dragon Boat Festival
New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
GWN Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival – National & Eastern Regional Championships

2018 Races
Philadelphia Independence Dragon Boat Regatta
Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge
New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
GWN Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival

2019 Races
Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge
New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
GWN Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival

2021 Races
GWN Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival

*Fun Fact About Us!  When we are not training together, we play video games (Super Smash Brothers anyone?), chat about anime, do yoga, lion dance, play ball, camp, hike, run marathons, volunteer on the weekends, and more!

Contact Us

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Dragon Boat Practice

What is Dragon Boating?

“For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boating simply put, is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson paddling to cross the finish faster than their competition. It’s a team sport in its purest form that encompasses the elements of power, speed, synchronization, and endurance.

With its beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating today is the fastest-growing international team water sport. Each year, race festivals are held around the world in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States, one of the largest festivals in North America is held right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The appeal to dragon boating is mainly contributed to the sport’s ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of skill levels ranging from novice to competitive. At the novice and recreational level, teams often form as a means of social outlet, team building and an alternative means of exercise.”