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    Sights of 2004 LB Dragon Boat Races

    (Aug. 1, 2004) -- We post below some of the sights at the 2004 Chinese Dragon Boat races at LB's Marine stadium.

    The July 31-Aug. 1 event was part of the International Sea Festival presented by LB's Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Marine in cooperation with various sponsors.

    The photos below are from Sunday, August 1:

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    Teams assemble and head out from the dock.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    The sleek boats feature a fearsome dragon head and a drum for rowing candence.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    This team leader wore Viking horns. [!]

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    Competitors row slowly up the channel to the starting line...

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    Spectators watch with anticipation from the shore.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    Dr. Howard Chen, President and Tournament Director, coordinated events by cell phone.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    They're off! Drums beat, oars fly and the boats race toward the finish line.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    In this race, the first place finisher was easy to determine...

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    ...but there was a major battle for 2d, 3d and 4th places.

    Dragon boat races, Aug 1/04
    Race staff scrutinized video for the photo finish.

    Results are promised on this race, and others, on the event web site at: (results page).

    Perfect weather. Happy crowds.

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