Worcester Flies in Nottingham……

The date: Sunday 18th May

The venue: Nottingham

The result: Worcester win all the way!

The sun was shining as the teams made their way to Nottingham and our tents were put up to keep us cool and in the shade.  Our second event of the season was a mixed team event and saw 18 teams competing on the River Trent.

It was an unusual event in that we were racing 200m and a 2400m (or in effect it was a 2600m!!)

The Worcester Dragons won comfortably on their heat putting them in a strong position for the final with the Worcester Dragonflies competing well and putting in some really good times.

The final came down to three teams: Worcester Dragons, Tao and Notts Anaconda.   With  tight finish it was a Worcester win and the first place trophy coming home to the club!

Next up was our ladies team and with a boat full of red & black beauties it was a tight finish with Amathus ladies taking first and Worcester ladies taking 2nd place.

Our lunchtime treat was the new “fun race”.  It was a paired relay race.  With two teams competing we would have loved to have the two Worcester teams together, however it was not meant to be.  In fact the complete opposite happened and Worcester Dragons were paired with Amathus Gold and Worcester Dragonflies with Amathus – typical!

After both heats, Worcester Dragons were knocked out as it was the fastest four through to the semi’s, however Worcester Dragonflies put in a sterling performance to come in as the 4th fastest pair with Amathus.

After a great semi final race and a nervous wait they then made it through to the final.  What happened next was something everyone in the club never would have imagined happening!  Worcester Dragonflies and Amathus paired together for the final.  The warm up and team talk was done as one club with a sea of red & black and gold & black in a huddle.

The roar from the bank for both teams as they came down the final stretch was amazing and as you can see from the video below was a great race with Worcester Dragonflies winning their section of the heat against a strong crew.

It was a great fun event and Worcester Dragonflies took 1st place and their own winning trophy back to the club.

Worcester Dragonflies Relay Race

After a very short break and time to get some fluids on board it was time to get back in the boat for the distance race.  This involved two turns so our helms had their work cut out and needed to be on their best to get the boats round the buoys.

With Nigel and Kieran at the helm the boats set off at 20 seconds interval and as the Worcester Dragons won the 200m they set off last to chase down the rest of the crews.  It was  a tough race in the heat and both teams performed well.  It was going to be a tough call as there were 4 teams all within a close finish.  The results were read out and it was  a 3rd for Worcester.

With a trophy in each of the races it meant an overall 1st for Worcester Dragon Boat Racing club and a happy, hot but tired team of paddlers headed back to Worcester for a relaxing and refreshing drink to celebrate.


Check out these winning trophies!








The winning Dragonflies team

The winning Dragonflies team

The fabulous Worcester Dragon team

The fabulous Worcester Dragon team