Turns and Thrills in Exeter

Racing is coming thick and fast this year with only a fortnight between races.  This time the Worcester paddlers headed to Exeter – a favourite racing spot and where Worcester take a strong crew.

This year was no exception – 64 paddlers made their way to Exeter, some having made their way down the day before and camped making a fun weekend of it.

With 64 paddlers Worcester had the strongest squad from all the league clubs attending and were putting in 5 crews throughout the day.  3 crews in the league – Worcester Dragons, Worcester Dragonflies and Worcester Source along with 2 ladies crew.

This was the inaugural outing for Worcester Source as a registered BDA crew, having only previously competed as a scratch crew in competitions previously.

Worcester_ExeterThe sea of red & black Worcester shirts took over the Exeter Quayside and it was a wonderful site to see.  The sun was shining and we were looking forward to a good day of racing.

After a little false start, due to a wire not being removed by the council, we had to change direction of racing and then we were off…

All the Worcester teams performed well with the Worcester Dragonfiles pushing into the race for third and fourth place and posting times faster than some of the Premier league teams.

The Worcester Dragons made the major final however were just pipped at the finish line by TAO.

Next up was the ladies race with an impressive 6 teams entered.  Worcester ladies had 2 crews entered and the ladies were expecting a lot of support from our male counterparts on the side of the quay – and they did not disappoint.

Due to the problems on the water with the wire that was not able to be lowered the 1300m race with a turn had to be changed which made the turn a very tight one and a challenge for the helms.

With two heats there was an opportunity to improve on times and all Worcester crews did just that.  Huge praise has to go to our helms of Nigel and Maggie in getting us round the course as it was not an easy turn with many crews crashing into the wall or having to stop to get round before going again!!!  It’s never dull in a Dragon Boat.

Worcester_Dragons_Exeter Worcester Dragons powered round the final heat and looked like they had pulled off the victory however when the results were read out they had been put down into third place following TAO and Amathus.

A tired 64 paddlers then wound their way back up the M5 to Worcester to celebrate another successful day of racing.

After the results have been verified Worcester Dragons continue to hold top spot in the Premier league but it looks like it could be a close season.  Worcester Dragonflies have pushed up into 2nd place in the Standard league with Worcester ladies topping the league.