Dragon power at regatta
EVERYTHING was as it should be for the Mt Warning Dragon Boat Club yesterday when it hosted the annual regatta at Condong’s second boat ramp.
The weather was glorious and provided perfect conditions for more than 400 paddlers.
Club president Chris Lonie said she couldn’t have asked for a better day and overall it had been a great success.
“It is a big day to organise but it hasn’t taken as long this year and our event coordinator Jacqui Turner has put a lot of time in,” she said. “We are so lucky, there have been so many people supporting us and we are incredibly fortunate.
“Tweed Heads and Currumbin donated boats for the day which really helped us out ... I am so thankful.”
The regatta drew a lot of interest with crews coming from Brisbane and as far south as Grafton. Lonie said there was also some local interest and the team from Murwillumbah Gym had made inquiries.
For the event, 22 teams of 20 paddlers, a sweep and a drummer motored their way down a 200 metre course.
The stakes were high at the event and paddlers battled it out with tight finishes across the two heats and the final.
Perpetual trophies were awarded for best of the best (Flaming Firies), best of the rest (Tweed Coasters), women’s team (Grafton Dragon Boat Club) and sporting team (Grafton Dragons, winning for the second year in a row).
Lonie said it was difficult to say how much money the event raised for the club but it would be in the thousands.
The club will host a ‘barefoot bowls’ day next Sunday at Condong Bowling Club as a social fun day. If you would like to participate, contact Chris Lonie on 0427 815 930.