A clash of dragons

Clarence Coast Dragons are #2 in the purple and lime shirts.  Pic: Barry O’Brien.
Clarence Coast Dragons are #2 in the purple and lime shirts. Pic: Barry O’Brien.
  Dragon boats battled it out at the Urunga Dragon Boat Regatta on Sunday July 19 in beautiful weather with slightly windy conditions and a strong current on the Kalang River. Clarence Coast Dragons, a “David” of the competition, put up a good showing against the “Goliaths” which included: Camden Haven; Dragonhunters Newcastle; Ballina Dragons; Rainbow Dragons; Nambucca River Rats; Flamin’ Dragons; Pearl Dragons; Armidale Dam; and Dragons on the Rocks, finishing with a 5th overall placing from 10 teams. Congratulations to Urunga for the fantastic organisation of the regatta and the wonderful spirit that prevailed there. Clarence Coast Dragons fielded a crew of 20 women, including the sweep and drummer. The club is seeking more members, aged 12 years and over, male and female, to build its strength. Currently, the club has 4 accredited sweeps/steerers, as well as 2 in training, and 3 accredited coaches. It also has members who tow the dragon boat to and from training from its home in Wooloweyah. If you are looking for an all weather sport, why not consider dragon boating? It is a physically demanding sport which enables the paddler to exercise his/her brains and body. BUT! It is suitable for all levels and members do not have to compete in regattas if they do not wish to, but would rather participate as a recreational paddler. Come and join us. We practise at Yamba Bay on Wednesday at 3pm and Saturday at 8am. Turn up about ½ hour before these times, and our coaches will instruct you in paddling techniques and you can join us on the water. You need clothing that will cope with being wet; a water bottle,wet water shoes, sunscreen and a hat. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact president Gail Strickland on or ph. 6646 0234. Laura O’Brien