Buoyed Dragons Abreast
By SALLY GORDON
THE gods were shining on a Clarence Valley Dragons Abreast event yesterday.
"It was meant to happen," exhausted group member Bronwyn Sutton said after the formal launch of a new dragon boat, Spirit of the Clarence.
Ms Sutton said the beaming sunshine, still conditions and calm waters of the Clarence River made for a remarkable day.
Just before noon at the Maclean Rowing Club, 20 women from the Dragons Abreast group gathered for a traditional Chinese ceremony to bless their new boat. A further 100 supporters, some from two northern Dragons Abreast groups, joined in.
Ms Sutton, a founding group member, said emotions ran high at a flower ceremony to remember those who had died from breast cancer.
"The most moving part was the flowers on the water ceremony; we were out there paddling and we floated flowers on the river and held a minute's silence," she said.
"It was lovely because it was very calm, there was a stillness of everybody together and then after that we celebrated."
The Maclean Bowling Club bolstered paddlers' spirits when it donated $2000 to help pay for the Dragons Abreast group's insurance and affiliation costs.