Dragon Boat Racing - season update
The 2011/2012 season got off to a great start with a regatta in November held by the Bay of Plenty Dragon Boat Club. Despite the extremely windy day, the sun peeped out and there was lots of laughter and fun as teams hit the water for their races.
Five breast cancer teams competed in the Breast Cancer Final: Busting with Life and Pink Dragons from Auckland; Treasure Chests from Waikato; and the Taranaki Dragons and Boobops from the Bay of Plenty.
While there is a great sisterhood within the teams they are all very competitive on the water! There was great racing but the Boobops shone and won by a boat length.
The racing was followed by the Flowers on the Water ceremony, which is always very moving as the boats raft up beside one another to remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer.
Hamilton held another regatta a couple of weeks later and the same teams competed again in the Breast Cancer Final.
The skies opened and heavy rain made for a very wet race. Close racing this time round made for an exciting finish but the Boobops won, with the Pink Dragons coming in second and Busting with Life a close third.
Visit the team’s websites to learn more about breast cancer dragon boating in your area.