Critical to the sport of dragon boat racing is the synchronization of all paddlers; critical to workers’ compensation litigation support is our synchronized collaboration with our clients for their desired claim outcome. Casondra Albrecht (in the blue cap above) recently competed in the Portland Dragon Boat Festival held September 12 and 13, 2015, an intense 500m sprint along the Riverplace Marina in downtown Portland. She began her participation in competitive dragon boat races before becoming an attorney, joining her first team while in law school in the winter of 2014. Initially, she used paddling as a fun and unusual exercise and stress reliever. That quickly developed into a drive to compete and win, which she has passed along into her legal work.
A dragon boat (also dragonboat) is a very long and narrow canoe-style boat rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails powered by twenty paddlers. While competition has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of folk ritual, dragon boat racing emerged in modern times as an international sport in Hong Kong in 1976 and as part of the Portland waterfront for over 25 years.
Casondra is looking forward to future regattas; to look back would throw off her team’s rhythm.