Cooloola Dragons win the Diamond Dash

Norma Sanderson

The Cooloola Dragon Boat Regattas held on July 14 and 15 at the Yacht Club was a super weekend of Dragon Boat racing, enjoyed on an incoming tide under a sunny sky.

The Wide Bay series 3 racing on Saturday was very competitive however the hot favourites, 1770 came away with the trophy. The Hervey Bay team was a close second.

Even though the Cooloola team came fourth in the 200 metre racing, they triumphed, winning the “Diamond Dash” against strong competition.

The outgoing tide played havoc with the far side of the course. Perhaps local knowledge and our Yachtie sweep “Russel” saved the day. The trophy now stands proudly in the Yacht Club.

On Sunday July 15, the Sports Regatta was run with teams from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Shorncliffe, Redland Bay, Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore, joining in with the Wide Bay teams for some close racing.

Winning team of the Mixed A Division was Maroochydore Sea Serpents (red) and the Mixed B Division went to  Xian Dragons from Shorncliffe. A novelty knockout race for women was won by Bundaberg and the mixed race was won by Hervey Bay.

The raffle proceeds of the day are being donated to the Leukaemia Foundation in memory of our friend Gayle Barnett.

Many thanks to all the helpers and sponsors. A special mention must go to the Fishing Club who catered on the Saturday, giving us a chance to concentrate on organising and racing.

Reminder, Thursday paddling will commence at 3pm for a 3.30pm start on the water, Sunday meet us at 7.30am for an 8am start. These times are set for the rest of July. Winter is a beautiful time to be out on the water so please join us!

If interested in paddling, please phone Sandra on 0402 352 756 or Norma on 0439 075 271 Please slip, slop, slap and bring water.