Lachlan Dragons win gold at Bathurst

Forbes Dragon Boat Club members at Chifley Dam, Bathurst, for their first competitive regatta of the summer.
Forbes Dragon Boat Club members at Chifley Dam, Bathurst, for their first competitive regatta of the summer.

The Lachlan Dragons have contested their first regatta of the summer, heading to Bathurst on the first weekend of November.

The Forbes-based side had a mixed team, then teamed up with Mudgee and Dubbo Outback in the men’s and Kempsey Macleay in the women’s.

The women claimed gold in the sports category, powering past the post first by just 0.3 seconds. 

The mixed team made it to the final but were out-paddled by some tough competition.

The men’s team gave it their all but unfortunately missed out on a final spot.

Teams from as far as Narooma and Kempsey with Wagga,Orange, Parkes, Forbes and Sydney were represented on the day.

Bathurst turned on a beautiful day weather-wise for the first regatta of the summer. 

“It was such a great thrill to do so well in our first regatta of the year with new coach Chris Favelle and new paddlers Trish, Geoff, Neil and Johno who have only been with the club a short time,” club president Deanna Williams said.

“Thanks to all members for their time in organising the regatta, it is a big job. We are certainly looking forward to the next one.” 

Coach Chris said it was a great effort.

“ I just want to congratulate the entire team on their performance especially the newest paddlers, they really stepped up in their first regatta,” he said.

“It was a well organised event and I am very pleased with the result.” 

Lachlan Dragons paddle on Lake Forbes each Thursday and Sunday, and anyone wanting to come and have a go at paddling is welcome.

Bring a friend or come on your own, you will be very welcome.

Whether it’s just a recreational paddle, fitness or you want to compete in regattas during the season, join them.

The paddlers meet at the dragon boat shed behind Forbes Sport and Recreation Club in Lachlan Street on Sunday mornings at 8.15am for a warm up before hitting the water at 8.30am and finishing at 9.30am.

During daylight saving they also paddle on Thursday evenings, meet at the shed at 5.30pm.

Wear warm clothing that is flexible so that your arms can move and footwear with closed toes, either joggers or water shoes, no thongs.

Bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses and willingness to have a go. Beginners have three come-and-try sessions which cost $5 each to cover insurance.

Women win gold.

Women win gold.