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Sat 21 Feb 2009–Sun 22 Feb 2009, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Kerr's Reach on the Avon River, Avonside Dr, Christchurch

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Noel Anderton

Join the festivities on the grassy banks of the Avon River, and cheer for your favourite teams as Dragon Boaters start an exciting season. Wacky uniforms, team haka and loud chants create an electrifying atmosphere as "corporate" and "open" (club) crews battle it out on the water.

Aoraki Dragons brings you the "Early Bird" Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday 21 February 09. This is a little later than previous years so Schools should be in a position to compete. If there are enough teams enrolled we may add Sunday 22 February.

Venue for Racing will again be at Kerr's Reach in Dallington, over 500m distance. There may possibly be sprint races.

Schedule: Formal proceedings for the day start at 8:30 am with a Captains' briefing. Then a Lion Dance Troupe will officially launch the boats - including our fleet of BRAND NEW (IDBF Spec) Champions.

Racing starts around 9.30am, with each crew having four heats - the best three race times determined their place in the finals. The race draw can be downloaded here.

Races are run at 10 minutes intervals, with three boats per race. Races may include Corporate, Open and BCS teams, as well as school squads (although, as above, if plenty of Schools enter, we may make it a "Sunday School", ie race on 22 February).

Trophy presentation at about 4.15 after the last race (in the Riverside Pool Club).

Food vendors near the tent area will sell Chinese food, Pizza, Hot Dogs and fries, Coffee, Ice Cream etc.

Facilities for the paddlers include six Portaloos plus a couple of flush toilets between the tent area and Crew Loading (for those last minute 'nervous' ones).