Once again, Lennox Head’s Rainbow Dragons have taken to the dragon boat off-season with gusto. In one weekend alone, Rainbow Dragons won gold, two silver and bronze medals and three cartons of fancy beers.
Eight club members headed north for the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, in Cairns. They teamed up with Townsville Spitfires for the 13km marathon paddle and won gold in a record-breaking 1 hour 13 minutes, which they credited to the presence of crocodiles.
Next day these Rainbow Dragons combined 20s crews, with paddlers from Gold Coast’s Akuna, Cairns and Illawarra Clubs for 200m sprints. The Mixed and Opens/Mens teams won silvers each and the Women’s team a bronze.
Meanwhile, closer to home at the Mullum2Bruns 10km paddle, the club took home the Best Dressed dragon boat and those three cartons of fancy beers. Rainbows’ spectacular show of power after 10km was a commanding dash to the finish line, which was thwarted by a sandbank, 50 metres out. While other dragon boats cruised passed, Rainbow Dragons were forced to get out and push.
The most recent feat has been seven Rainbow Dragons Abreast (Pinks) combining with Central Coast in a nine-hour 55km paddle for the Ord River Marathon, West Oz. The mighty Ord is known for its 35,000 crocodiles but Rainbow Pinks’ croc tally was a disappointing three between Lake Argyle and Kununarra.
Back home the Rainbow Dragons have accepted their invitation to 2020 International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew Championships, so it’s back to the drills and aerobic fitness while preparing for their Regatta in August.