Last weekend was the first dragonboat regatta of the season. Our fledging wee team – Typhoons – has struggled this summer and we always seem to have six empty seats in the boat each practice. What’s with that?! Anyhow, we headed off to Woodstock on a gorgeous day for their wee regatta made up of 40 boats.
We posted a good first time in race one – 2:29 and change and managed to beat that in the second race with a 2:28:19 which placed us 3rd in our division heading into the final race of the day, the championship race. Sadly, we tanked and struggled to a 2:33 finish in fourth place.
That said, for a team of recreational paddlers, who rarely have a full boat at practice, with a crew of several dragonboat virgins, and the muscle of some last minute paddlers who joined us from CTV Lake Lizards (thanks guys), a damn fine showing me thinks.
Our next regatta is the big two-day GWN in September and I’m sure we’ll paddle all the harder on Thursday nights knowing we can do better.
6) loading up for the final race of the day
12 & 13) great shots from Coach Vince in the prow
14) Ryan and I mugging for the camera – we’re both stars