Dragon boats take to Grafton waters

THE Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club participated in the recent Jacaranda Regatta held on the Clarence River at Grafton

Saturday, October 23, saw the Coffs Coast Mixed and Men's 10s teams both gain third placings in their events.

However the highlight of the day was the inaugural 2000-metre race with all paddlers enjoying the extended distance which enabled them to settle into a sustainable pace.

In the event after tailing at the start Coffs Coast overtook most other boats to finish second by only seven seconds behind the winning Grafton team.

On the Sunday, the women's team performed well gaining second and third placings in their heats but unfortunately failing to make the final.

The Coffs Coast Club had only 18 paddlers at the regatta competing against the other clubs who had 20 paddlers. All paddlers doubled-up in all categories during the day which was a huge test of endurance making the results achieved extremely pleasing.

The Coffs Coast new dragon boat experienced its own excitement during the weekend regatta, losing its head in one race, and nearly capsizing in another, however all survived to tell the tale.

Some members from Coffs Coast are now in training for the Pan Pacs Masters' Games on the Gold Coast, to be held November 12 and 13, and Coffs Coast Club will compete at the regatta on the Macleay River at Kempsey on December 12.

The sport of dragon boat racing originated in China thousands of years ago and today millions of people participate in dragon boat racing around the world. It is a sport that both men and women of all ages can participate in and you don't need to be fit, just willing to have a go and enjoy yourself.

The Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club paddles every Saturday at 7am on the Bellinger River at Mylestom and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm at Bonville Waters. New members are always welcome. For more information Robin Smith 6643 1402 or 0412 647 622.

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