Long-serving members honoured at first regatta
REPORT FROM THE FIRST REGATTA FOR THE 2015/2016 DRAGON BOAT SEASON HELD ON SUNDAY THE 8TH November 2015 FOR THE COCKBURN BLADES DRAGON BOAT CLUB
Michael Courtis – Coaching Coordinator
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.
The race program consisted of a first up 2000 metre race. (Got the blood flowing) followed by a series of 200 metre sprints. Each race was named in honour of Life members or past and present long serving members of the club. Those honoured included Graeme (Moose) Bradbury, Trish Truswell, Cary Burgess and Ernie Levitt.
The club also celebrated the first regatta for our three newly qualified sweeps, Tim Byrne, Tanya Cobban and Frank Urbano. All swept a number of heats with distinction and great aplomb. I think all were relieved to have had their duties completed early as the south westerly wind came up in the afternoon and made sweeping a little more interesting!!!
It was also the first regatta for our new coach Tim Byrne who also provided transport to and from Champion Lakes for the club’s tents and gear.
The race results were as follows
The Graeme (Moose) Bradbury 2000M. The Cockburn team finished 3rd in the mixed division.
The Trish Truswell Memorial (10’s) Women held over 3 heats of 200m. Our Cockburn women’s crew finished with a first and two seconds to finish second overall to Fremantle Swan. This was a great effort for the women and shows that they will again be a force this season.
The Cary Burgess Race (10’s) Mixed. Run over 3 heats of 200m. Our mixed crew of 5 men and 5 women finished with a third and two fourth placings in the heats to finish 4th overall.
The last 10’s event Cockburn Blades competed in was the Ernie Levitt Memorial Race (10’s) raced over 3 heats of 200m. This was an open event and had by far the largest number of teams competing so each heat had to be run in two divisions. The Cockburn team finished with a 6th and two 7th placings. This event was highly competitive with very little separating the top 6 teams and a 2 second improvement in our times would see Cockburn climb into 3rd place.
The Trish Truswell Memorial (20”s) Mixed. Run over 3 heats of 200m. Cockburn finished fourth in all 3 heats to finish 4th overall. This event is the one the team can show the most improvement as we build our membership and our fitness improves along with our starts.
Our coach Tim rotated paddlers through the events and made sure that all of our members participated in as many races at possible. I am sure all of us slept very well on Sunday night.
Special mention should also be made of our volunteers who gave up their time to help with the BBQ, raffle and the $100 note. Mike Soding and Rob Dennis deserve a mention along with Di Ash who tended the “store” when not paddling along with other members who helped out on occasions.
Thanks also to those committee members (and others) who purchased the buns, sausages and drinks and wrapped the raffle prizes kindly donated by members of our club. (They know who they are.)
Report from Tim Byrne – Coach
Thank you to all the members who paddled at our 1st regatta this season.
Well done to those new members at their 1st regatta.
Thanks also to all the helpers on the day.
The data from the races is now up on the DBWA website. There were some very encouraging results from the full days racing.
The 2000m result was good with a time of 11.09.32 which was 0.15 sec faster than the Indian Ocean opens crew, well done.
The women’s 10s achieved well with 2 seconds and a first (fastest time 1.04.56)
The mixed crew placed 3rd and 4th in their races (fastest time 58.033)
Opens finished 6th and 7th in their races (fastest time 58.119)
Best mixed 20s time 57.026 in both the 2nd and3rd race.
On behalf of the 3 sweeps going for their accreditation thanks to the crew for making the job as easy as possible. Well done to Frank and Tanya.
Things I learnt about our team:
- Some excellent starts showed we have the concept and the power
- Some terrible starts shows we need more practice and individually we need to prepare better mentally
- Our women’s 10s will again be very competitive
- Our Mixed 10s is only 1.5 seconds off the winners best time
- Fatigue management through rotations is very important for results in late races
- Some practice racing in crews is needed
- Paddling 10 races on a day is bloody hard work
Great effort by all