Sunday 12th May 2019

About the 2012 Festival

In what turned out to be a bright and dry day after such a wet April, the festival started with a team Captain's briefing, followed by the first teams being called up at 10:00 for their team safety briefings.

The briefing covers all the various commands the helm might give and how the team is to respond, a safety instruction on how to stop the boat capsizing (thankfully quite rare), what to do in the event of a capsize and a demonstration of paddling technique and getting the best out of the day.

Once the briefing was over, each crew member at the briefing was issued a wrist band, which they then had to wear for the rest of the day. The wrist band signified to the event staff that the crew member had been briefed.

Dragon boating is quick to pick up and very progressive in nature. The helms each have extensive dragon boating experience (often ten years or more) and each want their team to win their race!

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