King Eddies win hospital’s corporate challenge

November 20th began the day cloudy and overcast, but enthusiasm ran high as three hospital teams converged at East Fremantle Yacht Club.  King Edward Memorial Hospital, St John of God’s Murdoch and Hollywood Hospital staff, family and friends formed 3 teams.  Cockburn  Dragon Boat Club President Carlie Byrne welcomed the crews before the warmup  stretches, safety briefing and paddle introduction.   With gusto the crews hit the water in 3 boats to practise paddling and glean race-winning tips from the experienced CDBC sweeps.
Racing format was round robin, all teams racing each other for points and line honours… KEMH crew got off to a brilliant start winning  their first 2 races with superior style technique and timing.  Hollywood and Murdoch teams encouraged by many support people got the hang of the timing and fired up for round 2 races…….it was fantastic to see in such a short time the teams come together with great camaraderie, team work and improving technique. KEMH crew won the day on most points from round 1 (round 2 was incomplete with insufficient remaining Hollywood crew).
Paddling over, it was time for sausage sizzle and trophy presentations to KEMH in 1st place and Murdoch hospital in 2nd place.
 It was great to see so many CDBC paddlers helping out on the day to ensure all the jobs handling the boats, tents and BBQ were sorted….. Thank you team.
Extra thanks go to Maggie Marshall whom recruited 2 teams single handedly and promoted the day to several other hospitals….awesome job to an enthusiastic new paddler.
Here’s hoping next year can be a bigger event with more teams. 😎


Long-serving members honoured at first regatta

The day started bright and early for the Cockburn Blades as the first regatta of the season also celebrated the clubs 30th Anniversary. The members proceeded to set up the tents and the BBQ. The substantial raffle prizes were well displayed and caught the eye of many a paddler willing to try their luck. Club members also contributed to setting for DBWA and helping other clubs unload their boats.