CDBC members travelled to Bundaberg for the first of the Wide Bay Dragon Boat Regatta Series on 7 May. 1770 took out the honours of winning the first regatta of the series.
Competition was very close and all our team members paddled extremely well, especially considering we had four new paddlers who performed exceptionally well for their first Regatta.
Julie, our youngest paddler, commented that ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of my first regatta after almost a year of paddling. The camaraderie of the team and the dragon boat community was wonderful to be a part of’.
Robyn, who has only paddled four times previously before the Regatta, said: ‘The friendship and competition made me feel part of the team instantly. I love the comradeship between teams’.
In June CDBC will be travelling to Hervey Bay to compete in the second round of the series. Some of our members will spend the day before the Regatta updating their skills by taking part in Level 1 Officials Course and Sweeps training. This will put them in good stead for the work they do volunteering at The States and Nationals.
The Cooloola Dragons regatta will follow. It will be held on Saturday 2 July at Tin Can Bay.
This day would not be complete without the speciality race of the ‘Diamond Dash’, where paddlers compete for the $200 prize money, kindly donated to the club by Sails Restaurant located at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club.
Then on Sunday CDBC members will host visiting clubs from throughout Queensland as they compete against each other.
This is a great spectator sport so come on down to the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club and support your team. Members of CDBC will be cooking up a storm to give paddlers and spectators some sustenance. Everybody is welcome!
To complete the 2022 series we then travel to 1770.
If, after reading about our adventures, you are interested and want to give paddling a go, call CDBC Coach Sandra on 0402 352 756 for more information. Our motto: ‘We have the Fire’.
by Pamela Gorey