Photo: Brittany Cook
|3rd||Derwent Storms 1||1.59|
|4th||Derwent Storms 2||2.01|
|6th||Nipples on Ripples||2.24|
About 80 dragon boat paddlers took to Launceston’s North Esk River on Saturday afternoon for the second annual dragon boat race and festival.
Described by its competitors as Australia’s fastest growing water sport, the event saw teams from across the state race down the North Esk River in a number of unique dragon boats.
Organiser Kelly Broomhall, of the North Esk Dragon Boat Club said the race and festival were started to attract new fans of the sport and to encourage people to enjoy the Launceston Seaport.
“We paddle for a few reasons – to get fit, to be social and some of us are a bit more competitive.”
While the races took place, the Seaport Boardwalk played host to a market that incorporated Taiko Drummers and Belly Dancers and a live band.
Ms Broomhall said while the event was still in its infancy, she hoped the day would become a regular November attraction for Launceston.
The first dragon boat festival was held 18 months ago.
“November is a good time to get people involved because they’re more likely to keep coming back. We want it to become and annual event.”
Saturday’s competitors hailed from dragon boat clubs in Launceston, Deloraine, Devonport and Hobart.
|1 Club||Deloraine Combined||0:58|
|Derwent Storms 2||1:00|
|5 Club||Nipples on Ripples||1:10|
|Derwent Storms 1||1:00|
|6 Pink||Nipples on Ripples||1:11|
|7 Club||North Esk||1:01|
|8 Club||Derwent Storms 2||1:01|
|Nipples on Ripples||1:14|
|9 Club||Derwent Storms 1||0:59|
|10 Men||Men 1||0:58|
|11 Final||Deloraine Combined||1st|
The Tasmanian Dragon Boat Festival : Dragons on the Esk would not have been the success it was without the generous help from our sponsors who are very important to this event.
The North Esk Rowing Club is one of Tasmania’s oldest, dating back to 1899. In 2006 the club moved to Lindsay St, opposite the Seaport where members currently enjoy one of the best clubroom facilities in Australia with some of the best water that can be found anywhere.
Fish ‘n Chips Seaport, 30 Seaport Boulevard. Open 7 days per week from 11:00am. Specials changing daily, please check specials board for details.