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Dragon Boats

HHCC dragon boat heros Mark Petersen and Al (UnC)Quite a few members of HHCC as part of their paddling repertoire are Dragon Boat racers and train at the club. They use the gym and roar up and down the canal in O1's (and other craft).

Sue Prowse was representing GB in the senior mixed team from 2011 to 2013 and Mark Petersen and Robin Oakley were in the GB grand dragons at the World Championships in Hungary 2013.

Robin Oakley was part of a team that broke the 24hr distance dragon boat paddling world record at Derwent Water on 9/10 October 2010 by paddling 175.6km.
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Dragonboating is a sprint discipline, and racing takes place over 200m, 500m, 1000m and 2000m courses. There are 20 paddlers to a boat, which is 40 foot long, sat two abreast. There's also a drummer at the bow (front) beating time, and the steering is done by the helm at the stern (back).

Some race with the local Batchworth Dragons club, for more details follow the link.

Tring Rafters also have a dragon boat and often win the Henley Winter series. They also compete in the Great River Race which they've won a few times. Sue Prowse and Ruth Gungadoo have completed the GRR 3 times now in a 10 person (Tring Rafters) raft. They meet at the Grand Junction Arms in Bullbourne, by Tring on Tuesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 11.00am..

O1's are a racing kayak with an outrigger, to facilitate a higher seat and single blade opaddling as in this picture.

The British Dragon Boat Racing Association website is here.

Sprint kayak training is in fact ideal preparation for dragonboating and vica versa.


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