The Bellinger River will be packed with dragon boats over two days next month.
The Bellinger River will be packed with dragon boats over two days next month. Tarum Images

Dragons draggin' on the Bellinger

ALL THE colour and excitement of an action-packed Asian river race is coming to the mighty Bellinger.

On September 15 and 16, the annual Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Regatta will be held on the Bellinger River with dragon boat clubs from Byron Bay to Newcastle travelling to the Coffs Coast to test their speed and endurance.

Organising committee member Fran Stephenson said the regatta is no only for experienced paddlers.

"It's also for those who just want a fun, energetic day on the water," she said.

"All areas of the community, from schools to business houses, are invited to gather together a team of 16-20 workmates and friends.

"In dragon boat racing, anyone can paddle, no matter their age or fitness level and it's easy to learn the basics."

Community, sport, school and business groups are invited to register a team of the fun and excitement.

"It is a good opportunity to build team spirit amongst friends and colleagues as you share an action-packed social day and picnic atmosphere on the river," Ms Stephenson added.

"And you never know, you may even make it to the finals."

Entry fee is $20 per paddler for community teams and $10 per paddler for school teams.

The minimum team number is 16 for adults and 10 for juniors.

Entry fee includes all equipment and life jackets and two training sessions with a registered coach plus a compulsory safety session.

Races take place from 8am on Sunday, September 16, with finals in the afternoon and finishing by 3pm.

All teams wishing to participate should register by September 1.

To register your team contact 0418 953 882 or go to www.coffscoastdbc.sportingpulse.net



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