Dragon Boat Racing, Portland, Oregon, June 9, 2012

Dragon boat racing has become the fastest growing water sport in the world. Portland’s 2012 Dragon Boat Race, an annual Rose Festival event, was held on the Willamette River on June 9th and 10th. Eighty local, national and international teams competed in heats of three and four teams every nine minutes. The event was hosted by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association and opened with a traditional Chinese prayer ceremony and blessing.