Team spirit fuels paddle power for Webroster at charity dragon boat festival
The Webroster team are getting ready for the 2015 Peterborough Charity Dragon Boat Festival to be held on Saturday 13th June at Peterborough Rowing Club at Thorpe Meadows.
Last year our team ‘Lane 6’ finished in 3rd place out of 26 teams, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals. This year we’re aiming high and hoping to make it all the way to the finals without anyone getting wet!
“We’re really looking forward to this year’s race, we’re a competitive bunch here at Webroster so we up for the challenge of making it through to the finals this time”. Team Captain Ian Knight commented “Last year we had a great day out with lots of support from family and friends, it’s great for team spirit as well as for a fantastic cause”.
Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition deeply embedded part of China’s ‘Dragon’ culture. A traditional dragon boat has a carved dragons’ head at the bow and a tail at the stern with the paddles symbolically represent the claws. At the Festival up to ten people paddle each 30 foot boat over a 200m course. There’s a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course.
The 17th Peterborough Charity Dragon Boat Festival will raise funds for the Sue Ryder – Thorpe Hall Hospice. The Festival will include bankside family entertainment with funfair activities, inflatables and children’s rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.