Smooth waters for dragon boat paddlers

8 April 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Smooth waters for dragon boat paddlers|

INTERSTATE dragon boat paddlers are already planning a return visit to Tasmania after an exhilarating long-distance event on the River Derwent that went past many iconic locations in Glenorchy.

The 130 paddlers from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales took on the challenges of the unpredictable Derwent in the Beaches, Bridges and Bays Marathon event and are keen to return to do it again.

Event coordinator and Derwent Storms Dragon Boat Club president Andrew Lovibond said unseasonably cold weather, a fresh breeze and busy river traffic took participants out of their comfort zones, but they confronted the obstacles with great enthusiasm.

“Fortunately, the sun broke through the cloud for the start of the event and the fleet of seven dragon boats made a spectacular sight as they headed to Montagu Bay and across the river into Sullivans Cove,” he said.

“Many of the participants were from rural News South Wales so paddling into a working port past a cruise ship was a unique experience for them.

“The iconic boat houses in Cornelian Bay and the eerie calm of Shag Bay provided other highlights for our visitors.”

While windy conditions upstream forced a course change and the boats did not get to MONA as planned, the wake from the MONA ferries provided an unforgettable, adrenaline-charged experience.

“There was great camaraderie among the crews and the feedback from them was very positive,” Mr Lovibond said.

“They were on the river for nearly six hours with only one break at Prince of Wales Bay, but they were keen for more.

“The weather was perfect the following morning for a mini-regatta in Lindisfarne Bay and the seven crews were eager to hit the water again.

“Our club coaches put together a varied program with races varying from four kilometres to 100 metres.”

Mr Lovibond said the two-day event was a winner for both the Derwent Storms Club and the visitors who were full of praise for the great Tasmanian hospitality and a well-planned and executed event.

Caption: Paddlers during the Beaches, Bridges and Bays Marathon event.

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