I think that by now most of us have found our way back home from our racing and any extended sightseeing, and I wanted to send this out before we all got back to our busy lives and on to the next race.
First of all, I want to say how honored and grateful I am to have been a part of our Khmer-Krom Dragons. It was truly a pleasure paddling with all of you. Each race event has its own set of opportunities and complications, and each team develops its own dynamic as the event unfolds. The process of getting to know all of you, finding common ground, working together has been the best transformation this season has ever brought. With the two races before Tampa and in the four days we spent in Tampa, we managed what some of our competitors had been working on together, for months!! This is evident from our outstanding results, and even more so from the very nice emails that have been sent around this past couple of weeks. We raced against the top teams in their own backyard, and they had a much larger base to draw from for their crews with much less, or no, cross rostering. Yet we were right there in the hunt in the two divisions in every heat! Several of our races were some of the best I have ever been a part of, and as I said at the site, that “giddy” feeling that is almost spiritual of a perfectly executed race does not come all that often. Hardware at a world event is hard to come by, and our Premier Mixed and Open crews earned our fair share. Be proud everyone!
A team, a family: that is what we have right here. I’ve been with Khmer-Krom Dragons for 3 years, some I’ve known for more then a decade, and some I met the first day I joined. We’ve been successful in every race we’ve been in since I joined, and that’s because we worked together as a team, as one.
We ventured to Tampa, FL to compete in the 1st Pan Am Club Crew Championship; some of the world’s best crews were going to be there so we knew we had to go all out. Yes we were smaller and shorter then the rest but we did not care, they underestimated us small crews and that’s what caused them to fall while we were still standing. We worked as a team and we got through all the obstacles that we had ahead of us.