|Aoraki Dragon Boat
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Ice Breaker 2008
In 2008, Aoraki launched a new concept to the Christchurch scene - an early season regatta. Well, alright, it was probably done before, but we're talking about the modern era here...
So at the very respectable hour of 12 noon on Sunday 7th December, the mini-Regatta got under way at Kerr's Reach. six brand new boats in full livery; Dragon heads, tails, Drummer seats and Drums.
This was a chance for new paddlers to get an early look at the new boats, a race start, how long a race is, how to execute a high speed river turn etc. The format was:
Early Bird 2009 - Chinese New Year
Saturday 9-Feb-09. Corporate, Open (sports clubs) and School teams competed at the ‘Early-bird’ regatta, aka The “Aoraki/Chinese New Year festival” which was on Saturday 9th February 2008 at Kerr’s Reach in Dallington.
The venue for the Dragon Boat racing was Kerr's Reach in Dallington.
Notes from the briefing: Teams set up tents on the eastern bank. Formal blessings of the boats and launch, followed by a Lion Dance troup who will give the boats their official launch. Team Safety Briefing on the pontoons for a run through of the safety and race procedures. Race start around 9:45, 3 boats per race, while 3 are loading. Best 3 of four times used to determine places in the finals. 'Rolling start' on the line. "Big screen video of the race, and a Photo finish" - Each unloaded crew leaved two persons to help the next crew. Results printed / posted by the stairs. Early Bird - presentations to winners: Paddles: The winning team in the Adult Open division will be presented with a commemorative paddle at the ceremony immediately following the Finals. The runner up and third place team will also be presented a Paddle. Similarly the First, Second and Third places in the Corporate Grand final will receive one paddle per team. Individual Medals will also be presented at the March regatta. Paddles will again be presented to Corp and Open, as well as (School) Girls, Boys and Mixed paddles. Personalised participation certificate. No formal after-regatta event in the Early Bird, but there will be in March. Race Day: "Race-Day Event Manager" is Sheena Baines, while the Director and Judge is Dale Hewison ('Scruff'). Safety Protocol: All signed waivers must be in. Also, team lists. Security and First Aid etc. St John will be on site. Tai Kwon Do club will provide security including patrols of the car parks. Food Vendors: Between "Riverside" and tents - hot dogs, coffee, ice cream etc.
South Island Champs 2009 "Christchurch Regatta"
Date: Adults on Saturday 14-March, and Schools on Sunday 15-March
Seconds Total Times Ranking
Shirley Boys - Gold 163.60 166.70 151.81 482.11 1
Summary of NZ DBA National Champs 2009
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