Despite setback, AIT happy to take part in dragon boat races

Want China Times
Date: 2015-06-19

A team from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto US embassy in Taiwan, participated in

Kin Moy watches the dragon boat races in Taipei, June 19. (Photo/CNA)

Kin Moy watches the dragon boat races in Taipei, June 19. (Photo/CNA)

this year’s dragon boat races, but faced a setback in a preliminary round of the competition.

The outcome was unexpected, as the team–composed of AIT officials and staff–failed to move their boat straight and did not manage to finish the race in the men’s division.

The team was unable to navigate the boat in a straight line, said Mark Zimmer, outgoing AIT spokesperson, who was participating in the Taipei Dragon Boat Competition for the third time.

“Last year they gave us a steersman,” he told CNA after the race. “This year we had to provide our own.”

But “it’s not an excuse,” he said. “We’re happy to participate,” he said, expressing hope that the AIT women’s team will do better in its preliminary race Saturday.     [FULL  STORY]

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