Dragon boating is an ancient sport which originated in China thousands of years ago. It is shrouded in legend dating back to 400BC when Chinese Statesman and revered poet, Ch'y Yuan, drowned himself in the Mi Lo River in protest of the corrupt Ch'u Dynasty regime. Today millions of participants around the world enjoy what is now considered to be one of the world’s fastest
growing water sports.
But why is dragon boat paddling so popular?
It is a fun water sport for both men and women of all fitness levels over the age of 12 years and you can determine just how involved you wish to become. We have both competitive and social paddlers.
Dragon boating involves 20 paddlers in one boat, a sweep who stands at the back to steer the boat and a drummer who sits on the front.
We invite you to join us!
Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club (CCDBC) was founded on the Coffs Coast in 2004 when a small number of dedicated and committed people had a vision to encourage a healthier community.This vision has evolved into an active sporting club with a current membership
of around 60 people who enjoy fun and friendship while particpating in weekly paddling sessions and competitive regattas and marathon events.
Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club is governed by Dragon Boats NSW Inc. and also has a breast cancer survivor team called Dragons Abreast Coffs Coast (DACC)
We train all year around and have four (4) on water training sessions per week either on the beautiful Bellinger River at Mylestom or Bonville Creek at Sawtell.
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Throughout the year, many CCDBC members compete in nearby regattas and marathons around the Mid North Coast, including our own regatta held on the Bellinger River which we host in September each year.
There is also an opportunity to compete further afield as the club has in the past competed in regattas in many parts of Australia as well as overseas.
We have young paddlers who participate at State, National and International events. Two of Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club junior members, combined with juniors throughout our state to form the “Torpedoes”. The Torpedoes won a gold medal in March 2012 at State. At the World Titles in 2012 in Hong Kong they won 2 bronze medals and a silver medal in the 2km race. These are great achievements for our young members.
Another highlight on our paddling calendar is the very colourful Chinese New Year Regatta held on Darling Harbour in Sydney in February each year.
In July 2012, a CCDBC team travelled to the Ord River in Western Australia to compete in a challenging 55 km marathon paddle. (see photo of paddlers on the Ord River near Elephant Rock). Plans for 2013 include competing in the largest dragon boat festival to be held in New Zealand in Wellington in March.