The Salford Dragon Boat Festival

Sunday 20th May 2018

The Derian Destroyers from PRP and with their second round time of 0.59.83 were second fastest qualifyers, leaving Robbo Dingy Rapids from Pro-Fit Personal Training Manchester with the fastest time of the qualifying heats, 0.55.26.

The team captains were called up the Race Control where a draw for lanes was made and once each captain had drawn their selection, the boats were loaded and paddled away. In Lane 1: Smasher the Devourer. Lane 2: The Derian Destroyers, Lane 3: Captain Coe’s Crew and in Lane 4: Robbo Dingy Rapids.

The Grand Final - The Salford Dragon Boat Festival 2018

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In a thrilling Grand Final race with people all along the dock cheering on the competitors, it was Smasher the Devourer who took an early lead in the first few strokes, followed very quickly by both The Derian Destroyers in 2 and Robbo Dingy Rapids in 4. At the half way point, it was still a three horse race with Smasher the Devourer in Lane 1 just marginally ahead of The Derian Destroyers and Robbo Dingy Rapids as Captain Coe’s Crew faded into forth place.

In the final stages however there was a change of leader as Robbo Dingy Rapids in Lane 4 surged ahead and crossed the line half a boat length up on Smasher the Devourer, who in turn were quater of a boat length up on The Derian Destroyers in Lane 2.

The final times were:

1st placed: Robbo Dingy Rapids with a NEW fastest time of the day ... 0.53.39.
2nd placed: Smasher the Devourer with a six second improvement on their best time ... 0.55.32
3rd placed: The Derian Destroyers who also had their best time of the day ... 0.55.95
4th placed: Captain Coe’s Crew with 1.04.50

Team Entries - The Salford Dragon Boat Festival 2018

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