“Dragon boating” is a centuries-old Chinese team sport, where a team of 20 paddlers, a steersperson, and a caller compete in fast-paced races. The Club Crew World Championship (CCWC) is an international championship race for dragon boating. It is a competition for members of dragon boating clubs, as distinguished from other competitions, which are for professional, national teams (think Olympics). The CCWC event is held bi-annually at locations around the globe — teams may earn a berth by winning at a regional qualifying competition.
Teams compete at several events in their home region or country, prior to competing in a qualifying race where top teams vie for a spot at this World Championship. It takes an enormous amount of work and dedication to be able to compete at this level against some of the world’s top teams.