Xiamen Race Report, 29-30 May 2010

Congratulations to the race team for an impressive display of dragon boating at the 2010 Kah Kee Cup & Jingxian Cup Cross-Strait Dragon Boat Race, held in Xiamen, Fuzhou province on the weekend of the 29-30 May.

This was the 5th anniversary of the cross-strait dragon boat race.

Having officially charmed the race officials at the Friday night welcome dinner, the Internationl Dragon Boat Team arrived ready to go Saturday at the fantastic race venue, just minutes from our accommodation.  Crowds were already gathering along the shore, to watch the many races. After many photos, interviews and autographs, we prepared for the first 500m race. We had two great races, where the team achieved great results, ahead of other team! Our official times were:

500m #1 – 2.34.90

500m #2 – 2.36.40

The big race came on Sunday, where the team went out well for the 3000m race. In a field of nine, we were delighted to come in 7th, with a time of 14.49m. This indicates that the team does better over long distances than sprints! NB: Winning time was 11.35m

Congratulations to the race team, consisting of Heming, Joyce, Susan, Thomas C, Thomas J, Jen, Anna, Zoe, Judy, Lesley, Doris, Anthony, Will, Wolfgang, Sundi, Toby’s Ma, Toby’s Ba, Mey, Mey’s Mum, Iris, Alicia, Marita and Andrew.

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