Posted on May 12, 2016
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Are you game for a challenge that’s great fun followed by a relaxing time in a park on the waterfront and with opportunity to meet people and make new friends?
This year ACT is again taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge, an annual event organised by the Kingston Rotary Club. It is not the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race but if you are looking for a great day out by the river then you do not want to miss this fun event. Hundreds of competitors in up to 60 teams battle it out on the river to determine who makes it into the exciting six-boat final for the Challenge Cup. Market stalls, sideshows, bouncy castles and rides for the kids go to make this a fun-filled day. Each boat can take up to 16 people and includes a drummer whose drum beats encourage the rowers and add to the cacophony of sounds when the race is on.
Daniel took part in the 2015 boat challenge for ACT and felt the event and the entire day was just brilliant.
“I arrived at the Kingston venue at about 9:30am with my wife and 5 year old son. They came along to support me and for the fun. We soon met up with others in the ACT team, easy to identify in our yellow ACT T-shirts, and wandered to the ACT stand for some refreshment and to take some group photographs. In all there were 13 people in the ACT team including our drummer. We were shown our allotted positions and then taken through Health & Safety briefing and shore side training. The training gave us the confidence that we could race even without previous experience. Apart from our captain, none of the others in our team had any previous experience of rowing. The atmosphere was great and felt more like a boat festival than a competition, but once the race started a competition it really was. Each team wanted to achieve a good time to qualify for the finals. We worked out the boat composition and seating arrangement for our team and then got into the boat and very quickly settled in. The river is beautiful and it was really nice rowing in the water. The race was a short distance and before you knew it was all over. I enjoyed taking part and will do it again knowing it will help to raise money for a good course and provide a great summer family day out”.
If you would like to take part in the Dragon Boat Challenge this year – no experience necessary and training will be provided – contact us quickly and not later than 20th May. Read our flyer below or visit our Events Page.