The Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club will be hosting the annual Regional Dragon Boat Hat Regatta on Saturday 16 February 2019. This is the third such event and a first for Streaky Bay.
The Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club invite the community to join the Regatta and be part of the day.
Each race will have 3 boats competing over 200m in the water adjacent to the jetty.
The event will have 3 components – a ‘Hat’ regatta amongst members of dragon boat clubs from around the state, a Community Challenge, and a Schools Challenge. The day is predominantly about having fun and meeting new people.
The day will commence at 9.00am with the ‘hat’ part of the regatta. This involves dragon boaters from around SA who have come to Streaky Bay to participate, but not knowing who else will be in the boat with them or what position they will take in the boat, until their names are drawn from the hat. There may have crew members who’ve not met before until they’re seated beside each other in a boat, it’s also possible that there may be international paddlers sitting alongside of folks who have never raced before – it’s all in the luck of the draw.
On occasion the Club will take out small groups of students as part of their school PE, offering them the opportunity to race against each other. This part of the day will be around lunch time.
The Dragon Boaters are seeking groups from the community to jump in a boat and race against other community groups. You provide the crew! About 10 – 12 paddlers is required, and if you want to put forward more than one crew, that would be even better!
The Community & Schools Challenges will take place around 11.30am – 1pm. This is fun, sometimes hair-raising, but definitely fun!
The Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club will provide an experienced sweep, 2 experienced lead strokes and a drummer – dragon boats when racing must have a drummer! Boats will have a crew of no more than 14.
‘Come and Try’
The Club are willing to take people out for a ‘Come and Try’ beforehand to get the feel of it. In fact, for safety reasons, they insist on it.
Community Challenge Entry Forms
Entry forms for the community challenge are available at:
- Streaky Bay Visitor Centre
- 21 Bay Road
- Mon-Frid., 9am-5pm & Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Or through contacts you have listed.
Entry forms are required to be completed and forwarded to the Dragon Boat Club by 31 January 2019.
A registration fee of $5 per adult paddler ($50 per boat) applies. There will be no charge for family, friends, your personal cheer squad or anyone else who’d like to support your team on the day. All will be very welcome.
Food and drink stalls will be available.
About Dragon boating
Dragon boating background – dragon boating is a sport for all people, both male and female. It is an international sport in around 89 countries, Australia among them, who are registered with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). While it is not yet not an Olympic sport, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are currently considering the IDBF application for Olympic status.
Dragon boat racing began in southern China some 2000 years ago, as an ancient ritual between contending villages as a way of celebrating the summer rice planting. Where there were rice paddies, so too were there dragon boats. It has been practiced continuously since then as a basis for annual water rituals and festivals, and to revere the Chinese Water Dragon.
Dragons were believed to be the rulers of water on earth, and they were thought to also control the waters of the heavens. Worshipping the dragon was meant to avert bad luck and misfortune, and to encourage rainfall, which is needed for crop growing, and thus the prosperity of a community. For competitive events dragon boats are rigged with their decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails.
Questions/registration queries contact:
- Glenette Banks
- 0477 966 523
- Yvonne Watkinson
- 0428 266 968
- Jane Carey
- 0455 065 562
Images: Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club and Dragon Boats SA