Sunday, 17 December 2017

Runners-up spot for ‘Bristley&rsquo composite

THE latest round of the Dragon Boat national league was held at the River Tees Watersports

THE latest round of the Dragon Boat national league was held at the River Tees Watersports Centre in Stockton-on-Tees last Sunday.

Henley Dragons were unable to muster a full complement of paddlers for this event so had to team up with their nearest promotion rivals, Bristol Empire Dragons.

Creating a competitive unit from 22 paddlers who have never sat in the same boat together was always going to be a difficult task for the respective captains. Personnel and seat positions were juggled throughout the day in search of boat balance and optimum power for weight. The crew&rsquos effort yielded second place in the 200m minor final, with the same result in the 500m minor final and fifth overall in the 2,000m pursuit.

Named “Bristley” the composite crew shared maximum points in the standard division. St Neots gained 15 points for being second in the same division and now leads the standard division one point ahead of Henley and seven points ahead of Bristol.





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