Dragon boats on the Derwent this Sunday

THE Dragon Boat of Tasmania Association is conducting its state championships on the River Derwent this Sunday, March 10, with great viewing available from the New Norfolk Esplanade. The event will be contested by all of the state’s dragon boat clubs, coming from Hobart, Launceston, St Helens, Deloraine and Devonport. More than 120 paddlers will be competing for trophies and prizes.

Dragon boat racing originated in China but is now a worldwide sport. The races feature men and women with either 10 paddlers or 20 paddlers in a boat. Each boat is steered by a sweep who stands up at the back. At the front is a drummer who keeps time with the paddlers. For race days, each boat is decorated with its head and tail making quite a spectacle.

This Sunday’s event starts at 9am with a 2km distance race featuring boats starting at different times. The other races are 200m or 500m. The competition racing finishes around 2pm. Spectators are invited and anyone wanting more information can speak to the volunteers at the event.

Picture: A previous dragon boat race at New Norfolk.

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