Streaky Bay is preparing for a day of dragon boat racing fun next month, with competitors from across the state taking part.
The Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Club will host the Streaky Bay Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday, February 16, with three events scheduled.
The hat regatta – with teams and their competitors drawn out of a hat – will see dragon boat teams from Streaky Bay, Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor, Copper Coast and Adelaide take part, with 70 people registered for the event.
There is also a community event where teams of between 10 and 12 can register, in addition to an event pitting schools against each other.
Event organiser Jane Carey said the club – in existence for a decade – was excited to be hosting the regatta.
“It’s extremely exciting and the first time we have held a regatta in Streaky Bay,” she said.
“It’s a one-off event, but it does come under Dragon Boat SA and is on their schedule.
“Results won’t count for the state title, but perhaps down the line it could do.”
With a number of teams visiting from across the state for the hat regatta, Ms Carey said they hoped to see more groups in the region join the community event.
She said there had been interest from Streaky Bay Area School teachers, the Streaky Bay District Council and Streaky Bay Hotel to register a team and encouraged others to join.
Registration is $5 per person and forms are available from the Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre.
“It’s an inclusive sport, for young or old, male or female, and all we require is that people can swim 15 metres with a life jacket on,” Ms Carey said.
“It requires a moderate amount of fitness but is not overly taxing.
“It’s a fun day for families and if you like water sports then come out and give it a try, as we would like to get more community teams involved.”
School students over the age of 10 can participate, with Streaky Bay Area School involved and organisers waiting to hear back from Miltaburra Area School and Karcultaby Area School.
Ms Carey said teams would be provided with two lead strokes, a sweep and a drummer who are experienced in dragon boat racing, while teams will also receive life jackets and paddles.
Those without dragon boat experience have the opportunity to get in the water beforehand.
Ms Carey said participants were welcome to meet at the clubrooms on Alfred Terrace to join the club’s Saturday training session at 8.30am, or on Monday and Wednesday at 5.30pm.
If those times do not suit, people can call Ms Carey and arrange another time, individually or as a group.
The event will commence at 9am with the registered teams taking to the water before the community racing from 11am, with racing expected to finish by 3pm and then be followed by dinner at the hotel.
There will also be food and drink stalls located near the jetty throughout the day.
“There will be 200 metre races along the foreshore or alongside the jetty, depending on the wind,” Ms Carey said.
“Community teams can expect at least two races and winners will be decided on aggregate time.
“Each race lasts a couple of minutes.”
For more information contact Jane Carey on 0455 065 562.