THE The boat is launched for its first official row.
THE The boat is launched for its first official row.

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.



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