THE Nowra Watetrdragons have had a busy few months of competition in preparation for the World Club Crew Championships to be held in Ravenna, Italy in September this year.
The club have qualified in several events and have a huge challenge ahead if they want to repeat their success in Hong Kong in 2012.
The Waterdragons recently travelled to Canberra to compete in the ACT Dragonboat Festival Regatta where they combined with several other southern regional teams to compete.
It was a competitive weekend of paddling despite the Nowra team being disqualified because of their composite team.
The club then went on to compete at the Australian National Championships in Queensland before travelling south to represent Nowra in the Malacoota Marathon.
The marathon is a 27 kilometre paddling event involving clubs from Southern NSW and Northern VIC.
Nowra returned with a trophy for winning each leg and the sprint race at the end.
Nowra again combined to make a team with members of Nature and Saphire Coast clubs and the ZEN team from Merimbula.
On the long weekend in June approximately 18 paddlers will heading north to represent the Waterdragons in the Port Macquarie Marathon, which is an 18 kilometre event to be held on Sunday.
The weekend also includes sprint races on the Saturday.
Last Saturday the Waterdragons were invited to join in a social paddle around the inlet by the Sussex Inlet River Dragons.
Sussex Inlet River Dragons and the Nowra club often support each other with various events, and when Nowra needed to train in a small boat for Hong Kong, Sussex Inlet Club came to the rescue by offering their new 10s boat for special sessions.
The annual community regatta held by the Nowra Club each September has been amalgamated with the Shoalhaven River Festival on October 26 this year due to the club’s competing in Italy in September.
It is always popular with community and corporate crews and this year’s event looks set to be huge.
Any businesses, schools or clubs are encouraged to come along and join in the fun of social dragonboat racing.
Information and instructions on how to enter a team in this year’s regatta can be found on the Nowra Waterdragons’ website.
The Nowra club’s fundraising committee are holding a trivia night to raise funds to help cover costs of flying their paddling equipment to Italy.
The trivia night will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 7pm in the Nowra Public School Hall.
The price is $10 per person, with supper, tea and coffee provided.
Bring your own drinks and food.
Trivia master David Adams will provide the questions and host the evening.
Anyone who enjoys trivia can form their own team or just come along and join in.
Please contact Cathy on 0412 201 956 or Jude on 9400 144 025 to book tickets.
The club is always looking for new members.
Everyone is welcome to come and try the sport of dragonboat paddling on the Shoalhaven River.
The club also has outrigger canoes and trains most Sunday mornings at Callala Bay.
It is great for fitness and friendships.
Get started by calling Robyn on 0404 040 593 or through information on the club’s website.