Thanks to grants from Sport England and Oxford Sports Council, we’ve been able to purchase our very own buoyancy aids and carbon fibre paddles. The grants will also cover the cost of a new boat and equipment, which we’ll order once we’ve agreed on a boat colour (this may take some time as sparkles were mentioned….more to follow!)
Sarah and Anne-Marie excitedly drove to meet Dan at Race The Dragon HQ,
it was an amazing emporium of all things dragon boat related. Soon we were on our way with our very own kit.
We carefully carried the new kit to the shed, making good use of Pete’s custom buoyancy aid hanging rack.
We were joined by Wayne who helmed (and an excellent start with a reverse maneuver off the lock landing) while Chris coached us on our technique. We like to think the paddles made us go faster, we’re certainly feeling more like a team with our own equipment.