Brave Hearts Battle Hard

Posted by GavinJ on August 20, 2017

The Battle on the Barwon was the first Dragon Boat Regatta of this season. Thirteen teams from across Victoria competed to take out the fastest time in the 5.7km open time trial.

The team show off their new walk out polo shirts which were well received by the dragon boat community

Taking off from the start quickly, and settling into a powerful rate early on helped Brave Hearts keep their lead. Our skilled sweep Murray provided a clean and swift turn, allowing the team to quickly recover and power through the last half of the race.

Although other teams were on Brave Hearts tail, the crew mustered the strength to push forward on the last bend and bring the dragon boat home strong, everyone partaking in some vocal grunting and encouragement as they crossed the line.

Paddles up, the Barwon team poses for the camera

With the ultimate challenge being to improve on your own team’s time, Brave Hearts came out as winners, shaving over three minutes off their time from the previous year. Last year Brave Hearts finished with a time of just over 34 minutes. Their 2017 effort saw the team complete the time trial in 31:31. Well done Brave Hearts.

Brave Hearts return their dragon boat after a tremendous Battle on the Barwon.

Geelong Dragon Boat club also presented a new challenge, a 12 minute rowing erg competition. Angelika, Brenda, Brendan, Gavin, Murray and Therese all participated, rowing for two minutes each, achieving a total distance of 3,017 metres. A remarkable effort considering half of the team had never been on a rowing erg before, and may have fell off only a few strokes in.

Our rowing erg A-Team before they started.

In an annual tradition for a best crew hat competition, Brave Hearts Dragon Boat club kept things alive with their display of pirate wigs, scarves, hats and masks; taking home first place.

A quick snapshot from the night before where Brave Hearts comradery was on full display.