Rowers have festivities at lake side

Fun: Janet Simpson (Kangaroo Island), Karen Peterson (Victor Dragons) and Judi Sweatman (SADA) were among those who enjoyed the weekend on Encounter Lake
Fun: Janet Simpson (Kangaroo Island), Karen Peterson (Victor Dragons) and Judi Sweatman (SADA) were among those who enjoyed the weekend on Encounter Lake

Victor Harbor turned on perfect summer weather on February 3 and 4, when 100 dragon boaters and partners from Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and Victor Harbor converged on Encounter Lake for a fun weekend of paddling, socialising and improving skills.

The visitors stayed in local cabins and other accommodation and had a chance to experience Victor Harbor at its best while meeting and enjoying the camaraderie of other dragon boaters.

The weekend began on Saturday afternoon when members from Kangaroo Island Dragons, South Australian Dragons Abreast (SADA) and Victor Dragons met at John Crompton Reserve for some friendly competition followed by drinks and nibbles on the lawn. 

In the evening a smorgasbord of delicious food was enjoyed at a local hotel. 

The volume of chatter indicated the level of social engagement enjoyed by all.

Sunday morning began with more racing and leisurely paddling around the lake where Kangaroo Island and Adelaide paddlers could enjoy the beautiful aspect of the lakes, many for the first time. 

The exercise built up healthy appetites and a sausage sizzle followed by cakes and fruit provided the sustenance required to re-build energy levels. 

By mid-afternoon the visitors reluctantly packed up and headed back home. 

Club activities planned for the next two months include a training session with Coorong Dragons at Goolwa, regattas with other regional clubs at Wallaroo, Robe and American River and assisting as volunteers at the Encounter Lakes Triathlon.

Victor Dragons’ main focus is on enjoying the sport of dragon boating while building fitness, socialising and having fun. 

Competitive paddling is available for those who wish to extend themselves. 

The sport is suitable for men and women of all fitness levels. 

“100 dragon boaters and partners converged on Encounter Lake for a fun weekend of paddling and socialising ”

Those interested can try four free paddling sessions before deciding to join and are invited to sessions at 9am on Sunday and Wednesday mornings at John Crompton Reserve, Tabernacle Road, Encounter Bay. For further information contact Karen on 0478 630 991.