All three of Lennox Head’s Rainbow Dragons teams got a top three finish, with the women’s team winning in the finals at the Grafton Dragon Boat Club’s annual regatta last weekend.
The Clarence River threw up chaotic paddling conditions as it forced competitors to deal with strong currents and erratic wind gusts that played havoc with the starts.
These conditions saw the Rainbow women start their first heat from an awkward and reversing angle while the other boats were out of the start blocks. Still they went on to win the race.
This kept the team fired up so they won their second heat, and then went on to win the final.
The men’s team, a composite of six Rainbows’ and six Flamin’ Dragons’ (Port Macquarie) crew, paddled together for the first time and placed second in both their heats and finished third in the finals.
The mixed team placed second and third in their heats and finished the final in third place.
‘The improvement in everyone’s fitness and technique has certainly improved our competitive edge,’ said Jan Wright, club president.
In other club news the head coach, Mary Davis, has been selected as the 2020 divisional coach for the NSW Far North Coast regional squad who will contest the April 2020 Australian Championships in Sydney.