Dragon Boat Racing

The wet dock was the home of Dragon Boat racing for the first time for three years. I spent quite a lot of time over the day making sure that I covered all the activities. I will use mostly photos as they are pretty self explicit.

Each team had their own gazebo.
Bacon butties were a favourite
This is a list of all the competitors and a record of their times. Everything was based on timings.
Ipswich Buses had a team and were a sponsor
Some teams dressed up for the occasion.
First one off the block.
Ready to go.
At full speed.

Here is a composite video of a couple of races. I hope that the drummer for boat 4 learned to go a bit faster!

Quote from the commentator over the loudspeakers – “that’s a big boat’.
He is obviously not used to Thames barge Victor going back and forth.
This was the safety boat always in attendance (with an official photographer on board!).
Getting off the boats at then of each heat.
The results were on show for everyone to see. I bet that Corbel were impressed with their time!
Just a panorama of the crowd

I went back down for the final race which was the fastest four teams competing against each other. It was rather crowded so I apologise for some of the angles!

The winners

The event was won by the George Baker Shipping team from Felixstowe with Ipswich Buses’ team second and FTC Gym in  third place.

All in all it was a great day and showed what a perfect place that the Waterfront is.

One thought on “Dragon Boat Racing”

  1. What fun! We have these here, but they are in the Connecticut River at Hartford. I’ve seen practice sessions, but never got there for a race. I loved the video showing them passing by – not at the finish line, but it felt that way to me.

    I’m no longer getting updates. I’ll try signing up again, and I’ll be back when I remember.

    I hope you’re having a great week.

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