Dragons on the Esk 2015

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Place Team Combined Times
1st Deloraine Combined 1.57
2nd MoCo 1.58
3rd Derwent Storms 1 1.59
4th Derwent Storms 2 2.01
5th North Esk 2.13
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.

Race Team Results
1 Club Deloraine Combined 0:58
North Esk 1:12
2 Corp Vapours 1:04
Blades 1:03
3 Club MoCo 0:56
Derwent Storms 2 1:00
4 Corp Blades 1:02
Vapours 1:05
5 Club Nipples on Ripples 1:10
Derwent Storms 1 1:00
6 Pink Nipples on Ripples 1:11
Pink Combined 1:12
7 Club North Esk 1:01
MoCo 1:02
8 Club Derwent Storms 2 1:01
Nipples on Ripples 1:14
9 Club Derwent Storms 1 0:59
Deloraine Combined 0:59
10 Men Men 1 0:58
Men 2 0:57
11 Final Deloraine Combined 1st
MoCo 2nd

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.


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