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Dodderers go dragon boat racing

Sunday was not the best weather ever, those of you that managed the usual Sunday morning session were greeted with cold weather and plenty of rain. At some points the rain was falling so hard and fast that your Captain couldn’t see anything and was unable to catch any passes. So no change there then!

There were some glimmers in-between the rain drops and spirited performances from many Dodderers… Try of the Day goes to the President – Captain combination for an excellent fast pass from the Captain to the Foz who was able to beat the opposition on the outside!

On to the Dragon Boat racing…this was our very first attempt at entering a crew for the Gloucester Dragon Boat Regatta.
Immediately following arrival we assembled (with our bandannas) for a team photo under the Dodderers flag. This would be the very last time we would look dry…

Dry Dodderers

Dry Dodderers

But wait … we’re missing some of the team…Oh  No! … Barney and his first mate have bailed out…
….mmm perhaps a rename to Blarney… was it too cold?
Luckily Foz collared Andy who had come to watch, and a passer by (Jen)  for the first race….

Felix also came to the rescue dropping everything to be with us for the remainder of the races….

Felix pleased to be in the crew

Felix pleased to be in the crew

After we won all of our heats we were into one of the semi-finals..

Dodderers mexican wave

Dodderers mexican wave

…we showed our approval with a Mexican wave!

Into the semis your Captain shows Foz he has a curved one…
…and in case he forgets, Andy has prepared his order for Peking Duck by painting it on his paddle!

Captain shows Foz he has a curved one!

Captain shows Foz he has a curved one!

In the end it was close…the final went right to the line…we were beaten by a mere 0.3 seconds by a more experienced  team, but we certainly had the upper hand when it came to team spirit and supporters!

We did win the best dressed team…winning a trophy…but unfortunately your Captain was not up to scratch when it came to receiving the prize…

Foz Simo and Captain receive pricze for best dressed team...spot anything wrong?

Foz Simo and Captain receive pricze for best dressed team...spot anything wrong?

For a complete account of the Dragon Boat race follow the link to the  Dodderers website http://www.dodderers.co.uk/dragonboating.html

Many thanks to everyone who participated including the Dods supporters who endured the cold and rain to cheer us on!

Special thanks to Hannah who was very cold most of the time on the drum

Special thanks to Hannah our Drummer!

Special thanks to Hannah our Drummer!

Its in my diary for next year already…surely not one to miss…not even if your name is Blarney!

…and finally how to do it really well… follow the link to the National Indonesian Dragon Boat Training video. Watch out for the acceleration training 3/4 way through !!

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/459573/2539444