FOUR TEAMS FIGHT IT OUT IN COSMESTON DRAGON BOAT CONTEST

One of the dragon boats casts off from the quayside . The drummer in the bow beats the tempo of the stroke. The coxswain the stern does the steering

One of the dragon boats casts off from the quayside at Cosmeston Country Park . The drummer in the bow beats the tempo of the paddle-strokes. The coxswain the stern does the steering

The colourful annual Dragon Boat contest at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park – organised by Barry Rotary Club  today – attracted a good crowd of spectators and delivered some close racing in brilliant weather.

Today was the culmination of all the training and practice

Today was the culmination of lots of  training and practice

Although not all the teams entered for the contest actually made it to the start line,  there were four full teams in the line up today from Barry and District Spartans, CAVC Glamorgan Suite Supervisors, Leisuretime and Old Plymouthians (the latter being former residents of Plymouth now living in South Wales).

There were three trophies up for grabs and ten “gold” medals for the winning team.

Flat out across Cozsmeston Lake the teams vied for the lead.

The Dragon Boats form bow waves as they race flat out across Cosmeston Lake. The theme music from the tv series  Hawaii-Five-O was played on loudspeakers to spur them on.

To spur on the teams, the title music from the tv police series Hawaii Five-O was played on loudspeakers (the opening titles include shots of Pacific racing canoes).

Many of the Dragon Boat crews were attired in pirate costume and some – even the ladies – had applied nautical moustaches and beards. What mattered though, at the end of the day, was paddling technique, stamina and strength .

Glory and gold medals awaited teh winning crew

Glory and gold medals awaited the winning crew

The eventual winners were the Barry and District Spartans – a team formed from what is actually the Barry Scooter Club .Runners up were from Leisuretime; 3rd place went to CAVC Glamorgan Suite Supervisors and Old Plymothians were placed 4th.

Paul Halstead, President of Barry Rotary Club said: “We were delighted with our first Dragon Boat Regatta and thank everyone involved. It was enjoyed by all who took part and all who came to watch. Already we have had enquiries for another event next year and welcome any expressions of interest from others who may wish to take part.”

All proceeds went to charity.

 

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One Response to FOUR TEAMS FIGHT IT OUT IN COSMESTON DRAGON BOAT CONTEST

  1. Jane Foster says:

    So Leisuretime can afford to sponsor a team here but hire the worst buses for their tours. Priorities obviously aren’t their strong suit.

    Nevertheless it was a great day and congrats to all competitors!

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