Dubbo Outback Dragons sizzle at Lunar New Year regatta

Six Narromine shire residents have competed in one of the biggest dragon boat race regatta's in the southern hemisphere.

Members of the Dubbo Outback Dragons travelled to Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour to take part in Dragon Boats NSW Lunar New Year Regatta on February 1 and 2.

The weekend was divided into sports teams on Saturday and corporate teams on Sunday.

Mark Bourchier from Narromine along with Trangie's Hugh and Deb Irvine, Dave Quigley, Scott McDougall and Di Martin joined thousands of paddlers from across the state from as far north as Coffs Harbour to compete in eight races on the Saturday.

The Outback Dragons secured fourth place in seven of their 200-metre sprints, and a third in the premier ladies race.

The afternoon races were called off due to the heat.


Dubbo Outback Dragons crew member Chris Robinson said the two-day event was a great experience for the local members and praised the crew on their achievement.

"Nine years ago when we competed we used to do 200 metres in one minute and 16 seconds," she said.

"But now we are doing 56 second races and not coming last.

"We're really proud of where we are now, we don't select teams, we've changed nothing. We're just a fitter and more competitive bunch of people who have a lot of fun."

Next the Outback Dragons will head to Tasmania in March to compete in the 40 kilometre Beaches Bridges and Bays Marathon Paddle.

Ms Robinson said the club always welcome new members, and cater for paddlers with a range of fitness and skill levels from beginners to experienced sports paddlers.

"We're continually growing, all ages are welcome, our newest member is 33 years old," she said.

"It's great to go away and meet new people. I'm just blown away with the response, especially from Trangie."

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday's at 5.45pm at the Sandy beach.

Anyone interested in giving it a go should visit: outbackdragonsdubbo.com .