Dragons set to bat­tle on the Bay

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT -

DRAGON BOATS: Clad in or­ange and black, pad­dles at the ready; Her­vey Bay Dragon Boat Club’s mem­bers will be out on the bay to­mor­row morn­ing to sal­vage pride, win brag­ging rights, and gain valu­able mo­men­tum in round two of Greater Wide Bay Se­ries Re­gatta.

The se­ries fea­tures fives clubs – Her­vey Bay, Bund­aberg, 1770, Cooloola and Bur­nett River – with a monthly race at each venue.

It was 1770 who stormed to vic­tory at Bund­aberg last month, but Her­vey Bay DBC sec­re­tary Gail Gil­roy said the lo­cal club was ready and will­ing to win one back at the home patch this week­end.

“1770 has been the stronger team for the last few years, while us and Bund­aberg bat­tle it out for sec­ond and third, but we like to think we’re im­prov­ing,” Gil­roy said. “It was a close race in Bundy, I think we were only a few pad­dle strokes off.”

Af­ter the rel­a­tive safety of Bund­aberg’s Bur­nett River in the se­ries opener, teams will head out into the open wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment that is Her­vey Bay.

“Be­ing open, you do get a bit OF chop and there’s a bit more of a cur­rent,” Gil­roy said.

“Each race is dif­fer­ent.” Rac­ing starts at 8.30am and is ex­pected to fin­ish about noon.

Cooloola will host the next round in July, be­fore Bur­nett River hosts its first round in Au­gust. 1770 will host the fi­nale in Septem­ber.

Photo: Va­lerie Hor­ton

PAD­DLE FOR PRIDE: Her­vey Bay Dragon Boat Club will host the sec­ond round of the Greater Wide Bay Se­ries Re­gatta to­mor­row.

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