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Seattle SAKE Paddling Club offers members aged 40 and older an opportunity to join Washington Masters (WAM), a competitive Club team that also includes paddlers affiliated with several other dragon boat clubs from the region.
WAM formed in 2012 from a core group of Masters-aged paddlers (paddlers 40 years and older) who shared a common desire to challenge themselves to train and race at a highly competitive level. Over 40 members strong, they joined Club SAKE in 2014.
WAM’s current training schedule is weekends, mostly at Leschi, but some at Tacoma, and Thursday evenings, at Leschi and Tacoma. Another weeknight will be added starting in March. All paddlers are welcome to join for training, regardless of age.
In 2015, their team of women over 50 became the first Women’s and Masters team to represent Washington State on a world stage. They competed in Adelaide, Australia in April 2016 at the Club Crew World Championships (CCWC).
2017 was a busy year for WAM, competing in the Pan American Club Crew Championships in Puerto Rico, Club Crew National Championships in New Jersey, and the PDBA Regional Championships in San Diego, and multiple other events in western US and Canada.
WAM in boat 2 (in the background), with video shot from the vantage point of a competitor’s boat (DragonMax). It starts getting exciting about half way through as WAM pours it on for the win by 2/100 of a second! Video ©2017 Victor Crummy Films, used with permission.
Competing at higher levels of competition has resulted in WAM securing multiple berths at the next Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, in July 2018. This year we are racing in small boats, (10 paddlers as opposed to 20 paddlers in a standard dragon boat), in the senior A mixed, senior A open (any gender composition), and senior C women’s divisions.