Thank you for another great team effort from the Paddlers of Broadwater Dragons.
For those who could not make it, the day started out very early with us being there at 6:00 (yes that’s right). The weather wasn’t sure what it was going to do so the tents went up the flaps went down and we pegged up tight……..after the first big wind.
There was huge support for this 30th Anniversary event from sports and community groups, approx 40 tents were counted and we were the fortunate ones to have the coffee tent next to us.
Teams wore T Shirts advertising their corporate businesses, sports uniforms or fancy dress, yes there was another pirate team but I can honestly say even with the eye patch on we were better looking!
The women raced first where our fitness guru (Peter Elekana) warmed us up and handed us over to our trainee coach Chris (who PT would be very happy with) when in pirate-speak threatened us with 3 minute planks (instead of walking the plank) if we didn’t give it our best shot, luckily we won the heat. (Fortunately for us Stan only had to cut off one boat for us to win the heat!)
Our men with not as an entertaining prelude to their race followed our footsteps and won their heat.
Then the skies opened up and racing was delayed………..cutting to the chase I am happy to say that the women WON their final, although we did have a heart stopping moment or two but they were just tricking us.
The men did it a little tougher than the women on the day, when they were advised by the race committee that they could not run their final in a men’s boat but had to put in a mixed team for the final where unfortunately they did not place for a trophy. HOWEVER……… with great pride they accepted a trophy for the fastest race time on the day.
A huge well done to our first time racers ……….. how great is it to get in a boat and put into practice what we train for. Although this was a social regatta it does give you an idea of what is expected as we start going to sports regattas in preparation for the States and Nationals.
Honourable mention has to go to our sweeps Stan and Kelly who did a great job today, and as with all our sweeps kept us safe and in the boat! Thanks guys!
Thank you to everyone who always puts in to make these events a smooth fun time for us all!
Special thanks also go to Con and Diana who opened their home to the Broadwater family and put on a table laden of fat free, sugar free, delicacies (Yes it’s true PT) which quite a few of us generously partook. Micah our president disappeared for a little while and I think he was trying to figure out how to use this fantastic home for our club house (stay tuned)?
Don’t forget to put your name down for the regattas coming up and if you are not sure what to expect talk to the paddlers who were in the boat today ……………… you will know them they are the ones smiling!