Dragon boats to grace the Nowra shores this weekend

THE fourth regatta in the Dragon Boat NSW competition series will make a splash this Saturday in Nowra off Grey’s Beach.

The Shoalhaven River will be home to the state competition’s 300 metre race and will have a record number of competitors fight it out for top honours.

Clubs from far north as the central coast, down to Sydney, South Coast, Merimbula, and Western Sydney clubs are among those who will grace Shoalhaven waters with their fighting spirit.

Representing the Shoalhaven will be the Nowra Waterdragons and the Sussex Riverdragons.

Racing starts at 8.30 with the grand masters mixed category.

Forty races will be held on the day, with racing finishing at about 5pm.

All teams are after points to help them qualify for the Chinese New Year Regatta in Darling Harbour in February and the state titles in March.

Points earned on Saturday will also go towards the right to compete at nationals in Calloundra, Queensland, to be held in April.

The Nowra regatta signifies the beginning of the season for the Nowra Waterdragons, so a large contingent of spectators are expected to join in the fast paced action on the shoreline.

The Greys Beach boat ramp will be closed for the day, with a coffee van and barbecue set up to keep spectators and competitors happy.

Anyone interested in taking up the sport of dragonboat racing is encouraged to attend and visit the Nowra Waterdragons marquee on the day to introduce themselves and get some more information.

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