By Meredith Maran
When the DragonMax racing team needed a new 48-foot long boat, they were daunted by the prospect of spending thousands of dollars to acquire one. So they decided to do what everyone said could not be done: repair and restore a decaying boat.
More than 40 team members from team, located at the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center, spent hours restoring the 15-year old boat. Last Saturday, Dec. 10, the refurbished boat, named Max, was set in the water and headed for its new home birth.
The DragonMax team is coached by Rodger Garfinkle and managed by Garfinkle’s wife Linda Lee. It was formed in 2004 for the purpose of promoting international dragon boat competition, and providing water access and educational opportunities to the Berkeley and East Bay communities. Several times during the year, especially at 4th of July, DragonMax members volunteer their time at Berkeley Marina events and taking new paddlers out in the boats.
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