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The Dutch Are Coming to Sugar Land for the 10th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta Oct.19-20

For the first time ever, the Flying KLM Airlines Dragon Boats, the official team from the Netherlands will participate in the 10th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta in Sugar Land, Texas. The Dutch should not feel estranged during their visit to the most ethnically diverse county in the United States and this event which promotes cultural understanding. The Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta is one of two events hosted by the Texas Dragon Boat Association which promotes the tradition of dragon boating and increases awareness of Asian and Asian American culture.  Teams from California, Louisiana, Dallas, Austin and even Canada and Ukraine have competed in the dragon boat races during this event which promotes cultural understanding on a worldwide basis while educating the public to the benefits of working together.

The President of the Texas Dragon Boats, Eve Marie Ruhlman is beyond excited about this European team saying, “We have been working for a long time to have more out of town teams joining us at our Dragon Boat Regatta here in Sugar Land and the Houston area and to have a team coming so far to visit us really shows the excitement and curiosity about Texas. We are going to work hard to make sure that they get some good southern hospitality”.

On water, the audience will see the “flying Dutch” compete with other teams outside the Houston metropolitan area such as the Austin Coolers, Cajun Invasion, California Skittles and the Dallas team.  On land, the audience can enjoy other festival activities such as the Asian cuisine, colorful arts and crafts, children’s activities, and cultural performance, which include Chinese lion dancing, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancing, and many other performances focusing on Asian traditions.

Dragon boat racing is the fastest growing water sport and the ultimate teambuilding activity for 25 team members. Our event has come to be known as one of the largest multicultural and team-building activities in Fort Bend County- bringing over 5,000 visitors. This free, family event will have a corporate, youth, breast cancer survivors, community and competitive teams flying the dragon in the waters of Brooks Lake at Fluor Campus in Sugar Land, Texas.


October 19-20, 2013

10th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Brooks Lake at Fluor Campus in Sugar Land, Texas

Free Admission to the public

If you are interested in joining us this year or would like more information on sponsorship, vendors, committee and volunteer opportunities, please contact Eve Marie Ruhlman, the Executive Director at  or visit

About Texas Dragon Boat Association

The Texas Dragon Boat Association is a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation established to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. TDBA organizes the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta and other dragon boating events throughout the year.


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Felicia Jackson, Eunivers

(713) 817-3792

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