IF YOU are around the Bellinger River this Sunday, you could be forgiven for thinking you are part of a traditional Chinese scene.
Mylestom will be the place to be for all the dragon boat action as some 20 teams compete in the annual Coffs Coast Regatta.
Colourful marquees and banners will line the shore and the day promises to be full of excitement and fast-paced action with some 300 competitors from regional dragon boat clubs from up and down the coast as well as local community teams competing in a series of sprint races in men’s, women’s, and mixed events over a 200 metre section the river.
On Sunday you don’t have to be a competitor to enjoy the spectacle of the regatta.
Drag out the picnic rug and relax under the shade of a tree on the banks of the beautiful Bellinger River while you barrack for your favourite team.
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for spectators.
You are invited to come along and see for yourself why dragon boat paddling has become one of the world’s most popular water sports that is enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.
Race activities start from 8am and will wind-up with the presentation of awards around 3pm.
Local community groups will sell a variety of coffee, cakes and food and a huge raffle will be held on the day. Ample parking is available in the area.
The Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club paddles all year around and has four training sessions each week on the Bellinger River at Mylestom or Bonville Waters.
For more information visit www.coffscoastdbc.com.au or phone 0418 953-882.
Dragon boating is a fun and challenging sport, with loads of health benefits, enjoyed by both men and women of all fitness levels.
Dragon boating will increase strength, endurance, coordination and is a great core-specific workout. It works the upper-body, legs and stomach while increasing cardiovascular fitness and improving bone density. People do it for the challenge, enjoyment, relaxation and social interaction.