While Crew 1 and some of Crew 2 were practicing at Fanshawe Lake, the National Crew was racing at the Woodstock Dragon Boat Festival.
Our 1st race was the BCS Race. We were up against the Woodstock Hooters, Guelph Breaststrokes and Dragon's Breath. Even though this was the BCS race, we were actually the only boat that had the entire crew made up of survivors. The other crews had survivors and supporters. But, that was okay, even with men and teenagers in their boats, we still easily won this race. We had to give it our all because this race placed us into our community division.
In our 2nd race, we were racing against "Just for Fun", this team is made us of many of Cheryl and Sarah's CSDC teammates, including Sue!!
Rowbust was in lane 1, Just for Fun was in lane 2 with Cheryl and Sarah on their boat!! Sarah was all smiles when she found this out because she said "it's not very often that you can watch a team that you are coaching this close in a race situation". So we KNEW that we were being watched!
Then came our 3rd race. This proved to be interesting for Cheryl and Sarah...lane 1 - Rowbust, lane 2 - Pittock Pirates and lane 3 - Just for Fun ! Three of four of their teams all racing together. A little bit of shuffling people around and we were all set.
The race started. We had an awesome start. Lanes 2 and 3 got a little bit in front of us but not by much. All 3 boats came down the race course together. We started in to our finish, and WOW, could we FEEL that surging finish! Seat by seat..but not quite enough to get past them.
It was so cool after Laura said "let it run" and to look over and see all 3 of Cheryl and Sarah's boats all crossing virtually together at the end. They must be so darn proud of all of their teams!
The Pendragon's had an amazing day also. Four crews kept our Coaches very, very busy!
We also had so many spectators come to see us. Family members and friends as well as Laurie, Perci, Ginny and Millie all came out to cheer and support!
We raced together, we raced with other teams, we just had a great last festival before we leave for Europe in 18 sleeps!!!
We know that the entire Rowbust team was there with us because we could FEEL you with us....cheering us on!!!
National Crew Captain
Click here to read the article that ran in the Woodstock Sentinel Review about Rowbust!