The Castaways

Portland's Most Fun Recreational Dragon Boat Team

Why Join the Castaways?

(Hint: Fun, rewarding exercise)


Have Fun!


Get and stay fit


Play well with others


All at your own pace...

Have Fun!

While we're all in favor of having a hard workout, we know that dragon boating is a hobby. We're not afraid of downing a couple of brewskis after a race (or even practice in the summer. We believe that paddling should be at least as much fun as it is good exercise.

Get and Stay Fit

We don't shy away from working hard during practice so that we can be competitive at the races. We'll do intervals training, long sets, and multiple race pieces. You'll definitely feel like you've done some good, hard work.

Play Well with Others

We do a ton of group activities, including the occasional Thriller dance. When not dealing with a pandemic, we'll often gather for parties and volunteer in the community. We can be both silly and serious.

All at your own pace...

A key aspect of our team is that everyone is welcome. We encourage everyone to do they best they can from whereever they are in life. Come as often as you can, but don't stress about missing a few practices. We'll still be here (20+ years and going strong!)
Click the link above or text Sid at 971-678-1495

When and Where We Practice

During "normal" spring and summer months, we practice three times a week.
Fall and winter we'll usually practice twice a week. 
Winter, 2021-2022 Practice Times
This winter we're only practicing Saturday mornings:

9:00am to 10:00am
Where and when to go...
We meet by the flagpole just outside the Riverplace Hotel at the South end of Waterfront Park. We meet about 10-15 minutes before practice and usually head to the dock at 8:55am on Saturdays and 6:25pm when we have evening practices.
What to wear and what to bring
We will provide a paddle and life jacket (PFD) if you don't have those. Otherwise, dress in water-wicking (or waterproof) layers appropriate for the weather conditions. We paddle ALL YEAR, rain or shine (but don't go out if it's too cold to be safe). 

Races in Which we Participate

Dragon boat races occur almost all year, around the globe. We generally attend a smattering of local races and one out-of-town race. 
Olympia, Washington
One day in late April
The Olympia race is usually our first. It's one day, a lot of fun, and we end it with a group dinner in town.
Tacoma, Washington
One day in mid-May
When they have a race, we'll often be there. It's usually cold and wet, but it's a fun race.
Salem, oregon
Saturday, June 25th 2022
Salem is one of the first to announce that they'll have races in 2022. Watch for more information (Registration begins in February)
Portland, oregon
Saturday & Sunday, 9/11-12 2022
This is the biggie! Our premier race in early September, right here in Portland. It's a two-day festival and we typically have both a mixed gender team and a women's team.

Dues (and other stuff)

We charge a minimal monthly dues that covers the cost of renting the dragon boats. You only pay for the races you choose to attend. 
single payment

Pay in January


Pay by the month at $10/month, or pay at the first of the year for a full year of paddling.
Key Points
The dues covers (barely) the boat rental from DragonSports USA. Currently, you must be fully vaccinated to paddle, be a member of DragonSports, and sign the one-time waiver on the DragonSports Website.
Signup for DS USA
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Come and paddle!