Double strike at Aberdeen Dragon Boat Festival

Winning the mixed competition and coming 2nd in the open division in 2016 – our target for 2017 was very clear…defending our mixed title and aiming for the open champion as well.

Aberdeen is always tricky and a death match already in the first heat. Not winning your heat usually means silver or bronze cup and unlike other events there is also no lucky lane draw with just 4 lanes on the race course.
 
We managed to win our heats and went straight into the gold cup finals with a long break and plenty of time to join the 50 men event together with our friends and hosts from Hop Sing Dragons.
 
Just after lunch, the finals started (a bit earlier as expected) but we managed to keep the focus on and probably did the best start in the open division we had the whole season, keeping us neck to neck with the competition and unleashing the chug down the course what granted us a clear win, ticking of goal 1 – Open Championship.
The mixed race was on afterwards with only a short break and with less aggression and focus at the start the race turned out into a long battle with Buzz Dragons all the way down the course till we hit the finish line but still made it first over the line. Title defended = CHECK!
 
Thanks to the organisers, our hosts Hop Sing and all the other teams for such a great event. Also a hugh congrats to South Eagles (winning the 50 men division) as well as to Hoi Fu Jai (2nd) for such an outstanding performance.
The VRC / Hop Sing powered boat came 3rd in the Silver Cup what gave us the chance to watch the final from our home base.