Dragon boat racing at 1770. Warrick Wintle from Dragonfly UAV captured the action with his drone.
Dragon boat racing at 1770. Warrick Wintle from Dragonfly UAV captured the action with his drone. DragonflyUAV

1770 Dragons unbeatable in Wide Bay regatta

Paddlers from Cooloola, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Burnett River clubs joined us for Round 2 of the Greater Wide Bay Series Dragon Boat Regatta.

This was the first time that the Burnett River Dragons had competed at 1770.

A 10 race program showcased our sport to a huge crowd who converged onto the foreshore at 1770 opposite the Tree Hotel.

Each race comprised 2 dragon boats which competed the 200m course. Boats carried up to 20 paddlers combined with a drummer and a steerer.

In the minor final, Burnett River and Cooloola raced with Cooloola placing 3rd and Burnett River placing 4th. In the Major Final, Bundaberg and 1770 posted some extremely close times but 1770 remained undefeated from 6 starts to take the coveted title and the trophy.

A jubilant Team 1770 acknowledged their coach Jen Hansen. So far this season 1770 has won both regattas and must go in as favourites at the Hervey Bay regatta in 2 weeks time.

1770 are hoping to do what no other club has done and that is to win back to back titles as they are the reigning champions of Wide Bay.

The atmosphere at 1770 was electric with the Sho-ryu Daiko Drummers from Gladstone performing and MC Michael Henson (also known as the Lowmead Larrikin) keeping everyone informed from the Dragon Radio desk.

Weather conditions were superb and the beach was crowded with supporters and visitors, vying to see what dragon boat is all about.

Warrick Wintle from Dragonfly UAV captured the action with his drone. All in all, a magical day and all 5 teams are set to do it all again at Hervey Bay in 2 weeks time at Round 3 of the Greater Wide Bay Dragon Boat regatta.

Angie Draheim
President
1770 Dragons