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Jun 11

Dragon Boat Racing 2013 – Humphreys Furry Friends

Humphreys' Furry Friends

On Saturday the 8th January, my team “Humphreys Furry Friends” competed in the Pangbourne Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Challenge 2013. The Rotary club organise the event anually and raise money for charity. This years chosen charities were the The Alzheimer’s Society and Duchess of Kent House Trust.

I was set the challenge of recruiting a new team to compete alongside the regular supporters (mmm I was kinda nudged out my boat).
Well what a team I managed to select. I was tempted to pull a couple of Olympians but resisted and instead found a team of commited and enthusiastic novices willing to give their all out on the water.

The day was setup perfectly with clear blue skies and plenty of heat. With bundles of nervous energy we headed onto the Thames for our races.
Here is how we got on (view is from my Camel Cam)…

Race 1 vs Thatcham Rugby Club – excellent start and managed to hold off against a late surge from the Rugby club. very close race wining time of 1 min 31sec

Race2 vs Foster Wheeler – frenetic start but gathered rhythm and finished clear in 1min 35sec

Semi Final vs Field Seymore Parkes – got into a good rhythm from the start and pulled well clear – 1min 34sec

Major Final vs The Presedents Men – Gave everything we had out on the river, very close all the way to the line, 1min30sec (pipped at the post by 0.5 of a second!)

Wow what a day. I was so chuffed with my team managing to click together so quickly. Timing and power coming together to drive the dragon boat forward, it was a thing of beauty to watch!

I am so looking forward to next years racing already!

Thanks go out to my team for giving their all, the Henley Dragon Boat club for providing the boats and guiding us through the day and the Pangbourne Rotary Club for organising such a fantastic event.

Big Camel Hugs
Humphrey

ps do drop me a line if you would like to enter a team into next years race and lets really get behind the Pangbourne Rotary Club.

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