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Ice Breaker Dragon Boat Regatta

Ice Breaker Dragon Boat Regatta

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  • Sun 2 Dec ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Pegasus Lake, Lakeside Drive, Pegasus


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Ice Breaker 2012

Join the festivities on the grassy banks, or the sandy beaches of Lake Pegasus. Aoraki Dragons launch their 2012-13 season with our "Ice Breaker" - competitive racing, with lots of excitement on Pegasus Lake.

Racing will be in IDBF Standard "Champion" Dragon Boats, with a full crew of 22 in a boat. Combined teams and casual paddlers are welcome. Just $5 per paddler (or caller/sweep) on the day.

The events on display will also be a little different. Plenty of fun races and chances for on-the-water glory. Teams have 20 paddlers, plus a "Caller" and of course the "Sweep" (on the helm).

First race is at 10:00am. They begin with 250 metre sprint races, from half way down the lake to the finish line just in front of the swing bridge (which is brilliant for viewing the action). Each team competes in two heats, 4 races per heat, 3 to 4 boat per race. About 12 minutes between each race start.

Then teams will battle it out in the tug of war (starting about 11:45).

From about 1pm (1300hrs) are the 250m, finals. Each team will race in a final, with the 250m minor final at about 1:25pm and the grand final at about 1:40pm

From about 2:00 pm we start the gruelling 1,000 metre turns races. There will be two races with 8 boats per race. Teams line up at the swing bridge and are started at 15 second intervals (slowest boat first). They race 250 metres north to a turning buoy, making a left-hand turn then back toward the bridge. Another left turn around a buoy and back up to the middle of the lake for the final turn and return to the finish line. The "second flight" will start at about 2:30 pm. and a grand final of this 3-turn race will be at around 3pm.

Aoraki Dragons are thrilled to be working with Infinity Realty to bring racing to Pegasus Lake, just 25 minutes north of Christchurch. Come and experience the colour and excitement of the dragons!

Aoraki Dragon Boat Association Inc is a not-for-profit collective that represents teams in Christchurch, to develop the competitive sport, providing facilities, boats and event organisation.

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