Liver Birds come back to Worcester

A new venue and a new route up the M6 for the Worcester Dragons on Sunday 24th August.  Crusaders and Crosby Water Centre welcomed all the crews from around the country to their inaugural race event.

A crew of red & black took on the challenge and were looking forward to racing 200m, 450m and the fun event of the day in 10 man boats – which would be a first for many of the teams.

The sun was shining and the venue was absolutely fantastic.  The Dutch had travelled over for the event with United Dragons who had won their national league event the weekend before.

In an unusual precedent we had to run the morning racing again – the first time ever at a dragonboat event when we found the course to be slightly short on one lane!  Once we were under way again the racing was fantastic with some close results.

Worcester made the major final with Amathus and Tao and brought home bling back to Worcester in the shape of a liver bird trophy for a third place finish.

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The afternoon saw us switch to the longer distance of 450m and in a tightly fought semi final Worcester were narrowly edged out of the major final and had to content with being in a minor final.  With something to prove the team took first place beating all other crews by a full boat length.

For a fun event Crosby had put on a 100m race in 10 man boats – fast and furious down the course, it was the first time for many people in a 10 man boat which are slightly different to our standard boat of 20 and were good fun.

Crosby_DragonsThe long journey home was made with smiling faces for a good day of racing and the drive to get to London in a weeks time for the final race meet of the season!