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Rainbow Dragons dig deep for big win

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Lennox Head-based Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club came home with a first, a second and a fourth at the Coffs Harbour Regatta at Mylestom last month. 

The weekend started out with favourable conditions for the three-kilometre race around Tucker Island on Saturday afternoon, where Rainbow Dragons picked up a respectable fourth place in a field of eight boats. 

But Sunday dawned to a big southerly change that charged up the Bellingen River with gusto. Teams were confronted by 40 km/h salt-laden winds as well as having to paddle into an incoming tide. 

Considering the conditions it was a significant and sweet win for Rainbow Dragons. 

‘Once again our team sportsmanship, spirit and strong, controlled paddling were on display. The improvement in everyone’s fitness and technique has certainly sharpened our competitive edge,’ Club captain Leanne Somerville said.  

Other clubs commented that the club’s long-distance training regime was evident because the team’s race finishes were much stronger than they had been in the past. 

Club members are keen to test their skills and fitness at the Grafton Jacaranda regatta coming up this month. 


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