The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club which is based at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, recently held a highly successful two days of racing on Shaws Bay, Ballina.
From modest beginnings two years ago when it only attracted three NSW dragon boat clubs and eight community teams, Rainbow’s regatta has rapidly expanded to thirteen dragon boat clubs attending – six from New South Wales and seven from Queensland – that’s hundreds of dragon boat paddlers on the bay.
Saturday was meant to be an afternoon of chilled ‘friendlies’ for the sports clubs but it turned into some seriously competitive racing.
The Inaugural State of Origin race was a big hit when 80 paddlers in four boats, each won the randomly drawn privilege to represent their state.
It was a hard fought race and the perpetual trophy headed over the border.
The official Dragon Boat NSW sanctioned regatta was on Sunday with near perfect racing conditions for the sports clubs and eight community teams.
The mix of across-the-border sports teams meant the usual suspects couldn’t dominate the results.
The biggest upset for the day was last year’s community team champions, Ballina Hospital Scrubbers relegated to third place behind David’s Dragons and The Hillbillies.
Saturday’s Results: 1 km Turn race – Ballina
100m Round Robin Sprints – Kempsey River Rats
State of Origin – Queensland
Sunday’s Results: Community – David’s Dragons (David’s Health & Lifestyle Studios)
Sport Women – Currumbin
Sport Mixed – Ballina
Sport Men’s 10 – Broadwater