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Dragon Boat Racing Day
September 24 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm£6.50
South Cerney Outdoors Dragon Boat Race is a fun packed day for all ages, filled with music and great dragon boat racing!
If you haven’t seen one of these fantastic boats before, they are 40ft long with a decorated dragon head and tail. Teams consist of 17 or 21 people (20 paddlers for youth teams 16 paddlers for adult teams, plus 1 drummer). A helmsman is supplied by the centre and is responsible for steering the craft.
The day itself is busy, loud and fun, with prizes for all and a shield engraved with the winning team’s name!
Some teams choose to compete in fancy dress and raise money for charity in the process; others just enjoy the atmosphere and the fun of the day.
Dragon Boat Racing 2016 by 1st Royal Forest Scouts Our finest scout warriors gathered from around Gloucestershire, to compete in a dragon boat challenge at South Cerney in September. Our scouting honour was put to the test in a 3-stage competition.
Having been assigned to 2 teams, the Rhinestone Cowboys and Indians, we kitted up and mastered the rules of the competition, ready for battle. As you can see our Rhinestone warriors looked particularly ferocious in their helmets!
Each team selected a drummer to set the rhythm for paddling so that we worked together in harmony; many arms controlled by one mind; perfection through unison. Here is one of our warrior drummers.
Our brave warriors, with the heart of lions, put their all into it. The Rhinestone Cowboys were pipped to the post in the first round, while the Rhinestone Indians, having led for most of the race with a brilliant performance, were overtaken at the last moment by a late surge from their opponents.
There was no rest for the Indians who were to compete again in the next round, but a technical delay gave them a much coveted chance to practice. As the drummer hit the anvil of the drum a new team was forged in the middle of the lake. Its steel was tempered by a squall of wind and rain, causing the elders to hurry to shelter clutching their hot chocolates and laughing just a little at those sat out in the middle of the lake in open boats!
And so the second round commenced… With a mighty roar from the far side of the lake the Rhinestone Indians put their hearts and souls into beating their opponents and restoring their scouting honour.
Having stoked up on lunch and a fiery (hot) chocolate, our warriors were looking forward to racing with renewed intensity but hark… What was that? An announcement! No more racing! Our dragon boat crews were defeated by the clock! We had run out of time for any more racing.
The Rhinestone Cowboys were awarded the bronze medal of honour; the Rhinestone Indians the silver (losing the gold by 6 seconds!) What would have happened, if they’d had another race, who knows!