It’s a bit like this:
Big long boats. Lots of rowers, maybe 20 per vessel, plunging their oars into the briny and churning through the water in synchronicity to the beat of a big bongo drum.
There’s history – the racing began in China 2000 years ago.
It’s social – you do it with mates. It’s fun.
It keeps you fit.
And with the first warm tendrils of spring, it’s a very fine way to kick off a Sunday morning in Manly.
And this Sunday morning in Manly – from 10am to midday at the Manly Yacht Club just next to the Skiff Club on the far eastern edge of East Esplanade – the Northern Beaches Dragon Boat Club is holding an Open Day for anyone who’d come along and give it a go.
The club has members from 20-somethings to 70-somethings.
They train twice a week in winter, three times a week in summer.
They race competitively in regattas across Australia.
Their Over-50s crew is just back from Sarasota in Florida where they contested the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships.
And if you’re up for a new challenge and would see Middle Harbour from the belly of a 2000-year-old Chinese war-boat (of sorts) the club is actively recruiting for new members for the upcoming regatta season.
Open Day is this Sunday 11 September from 10am to midday. It is free.