Recently twenty-two Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club members raced at one of the largest regattas on the News South Wales dragon boat calendar, Sydney’s Chinese New Year Regatta, and returned home gold winners.
Over two days of racing on a new 200 metres course, Rainbows times improved with each race and knocking-off five seconds culminated in a win (55 secs) against larger, metro clubs.
The first day of racing, Rainbows performances were described by fellow competitors as gutsy efforts’.
Because of this year’s program changes, the Rainbows had found their mostly female crew lined up beside mostly, albeit very surprised, male crews but the Rainbows held their own.
The final day’s winning team was an eclectic mix of Cancer Survivors, who were breast cancer survivors – Rainbow Dragons Abreast – as well as, men and women from the open sports club – Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club – who have also had a brush with cancer.
Next on the club’s regatta calendar is the Urunga event which includes a 7.8 km marathon and a 200 metre racing on the Kalang and Bellingen Rivers.
It is going to be a fantastic opportunity for new Rainbows to experience the thrills and excitement of dragon boat racing, for the very first time.