THANK YOU: Thanks to our master sweep Dave who managed to sweep (steer) all the races and towed the boat on its journey both to and from the event.
THANK YOU: Thanks to our master sweep Dave who managed to sweep (steer) all the races and towed the boat on its journey both to and from the event. Contributed

Hervey Bay Dragons quickest on water

ANOTHER successful round of the Wide Bay Regatta series between Hervey Bay, 1770, Cooloolah, Bundaberg and Burnett was held at Tin Can Bay on July 14.

1770 once again took out the overall win in the Wide Bay Regatta by only seconds, and in some races a mere tenth of a second divided the placings.

Several races were so close the teams didn't even know who had won until the official times were revealed.

Well done to our new paddlers at their first regatta.

The Sleepy Lagoon Regatta was held the following day, with teams from southern clubs joining in the fun.

Among some very spirited racing, Hervey Bay had the fastest time in the 200m heats and came third overall in the finals against 10 other teams.

Hervey Bay won both the mixed and women's 100m dashes.

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Some weary but satisfied paddlers made their way home that night.

Congratulations to all and a big thank you to master sweep Dave who managed to sweep (steer) all the races and towed the boat on its journey both to and from the event.

Despite a bitterly cold evening, the club joined a night of celebration at the Blessing of the Fleet at the Urangan Marina.

Passengers on whale watch boats and two dragon boats, decorated in lights and banners, motored and paddled into the marina among cheers and clapping from visitors and locals enjoying the night.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities and is a blessing from the local priest and pastors meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

Several of our paddlers headed to Tin Can Bay to paddle in a fun social outing, which started at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club and headed to Inskip and returned.

What a great day for members of the club.

 

Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Club members at the Cooloola Regatta.
Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Club members at the Cooloola Regatta. Contributed

Dragon Boat paddling is suitable for ages between 10 and 60, and even older, and is also a great way to get fit.

Every part of your body gets a workout, including the muscles that make you smile... and it beats spending hours in the gym.

Training times may vary during the year, but 7am Sunday is a great time to come and try it out, then join the team for coffee and a chat in the clubhouse afterwards.

See you on the water.