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Dragons hit the water in Nagambie

Friday, 1 September, 2017

In Chinese culture, the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky, commanding the wind, mist and rain.

Dragon Boats will be riding the waters of Lake Nagambie at the inaugural Nagambie Dragon Boat Regatta in September.

The event will see in excess of 250 competitors from 11 clubs across Victoria gather to compete in a variety of 200m and 2000m distances at the Regatta Centre on the beautiful Lake Nagambie.

Dragon Boats Victoria general manager Chris Schleusener said dragon boat racing is a highly competitive sport that celebrates the unique origins of Chinese culture.

"Dragon boating is a national sport in Australia and has around 2000 years of history in ancient Chinese culture," he said.

A dragon boat is best described as "a giant canoe", he said, with 10 competitors paddling on each side of the boat.

A sweep stands at the back with a large oar and steers the direction of the boat, and a drummer sits at the front of the boat to keep the rhythm of the rowing.

Spectators also have the opportunity to come and try their hand at dragon boating.

"We want to give people the chance to try dragon boating for themselves and we will give them the basic tips and training to get them out on the water," Chris said.

The Dragon Boat was originally used for religious purposes as a way to appease the rain gods.

The event is proudly supported by Strathbogie Shire Council, and is one of over 30 events held at the Nagambie Regatta Centre each year.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said events like these bring so much enjoyment to the region and are a great tourism opportunity for the Shire.

"It’s so great to see the Nagambie Regatta Centre utilised by a variety of amazing events each year," she said.

"One of our goals in the new Council Plan is to support and drive economic development in our region, and sponsoring events like these are one of the ways we are achieving this."

Strathbogie Shire will also be supporting the Cranksters Cruise at Lake Nagambie from 15-17 September, which sees the Cranksters Rod and Kustom Club Victoria bring a weekend of cars, live music and fun to the region.

Spectators can attend the Dragon Boat racing on Sunday, 10 September between 8.30am-4.30pm and can come and try dragon boating from 2.30-4.30pm.


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