DBNSW continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation; especially the impact it could have on our members, our clubs, and our events.
“Social distancing” is the one of the recommended activities that we all should take to help flatten the curve of spread of the virus. Dragon Boating is a sport where it is near impossible to achieve the 1.5 metre social distancing requirement, from sitting in the boat, to handling it on and off the water.
Until further notice, DBNSW is recommending suspension of all Dragon Boating activities. So stay safe and take care.
Colour City Dragon paddlers managed to squeeze in their Beaches, Bridges and Bays Marathon Challenge in Tasmania recently before COVID-19 event and travel restrictions came into place. A total of 20 Orange paddlers made the 30 plus kilometre paddle starting at Lindisfarne, heading south as far as Bellerive Beach, across to Constitution Dock to give the cruise ship passengers something to talk about then to Prince of Wales Bay via picturesque Cornelian Bay with its fishing shacks. The boats turned back at Bowen Bridge as conditions became a bit choppy with the strong winds.
The paddlers loved the unique perspective on Hobart from the water, negotiating the wash of frequent MONA ferries and the change in scenery from sandstone cliffs to beautiful homes, gardens and beach shacks.
The event was limited to seven teams including clubs from Bathurst, Dubbo, Bendigo and around Tassie.
The teams enjoyed a morning tea break, photo opportunity and followed up with lunch at the home of the host club Derwent Storms at the end of the voyage.
The next day the team did well in the 3.5 km race and won the fast and frantic 100m sprints while the tug-of-war was a great spectacle.
Thank you to our fabulous hosts the Derwent Storms for a fun, fantastic and memorable weekend.