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In this November 2021 photo, dragon boat rowers from the Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club and Rock Crusher Elementary School practice their strokes at Lake Hernando, where thousands will descend Nov. 5, 2022, to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival.

Sure, brawn and endurance matter when helping to paddle a 40-foot-long dragon boat across the water.

However, if the vessel’s team of paddlers is not in sync, one person’s talents and skills won’t be of much use in the long run.

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A map of the 2022 Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival venue.

“Beast of the Southeast” dragon boat festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at Lake Hernando
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With Robert Norman steering their outrigger canoe, members of the Hernando-based Ka Nalu Nui paddle club — Cynthia Gibson, Christina Gonzalez, Jim Green, Hank Oppenborn and Amanda Walker — compete at the Sept. 24-25 Clearwater Beach Classic.

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Robert Norman, founder of the Hernando-based Ka Nalu Nui (K2N) paddle club, receives the John Lee Perpetual Steersman Award to highlight his promotion of paddleboat sports in Florida. Standing next to Norman is the award’s 2021 recipient, Christianne Maigre de Abascal, coach of the Kana Lui Outrigger Canoe Club in Miami.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916, bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.