PADDLING enthusiasts are being sought for five-person dragon boat racing that is popular in southern China.
Paddler Cliff Eames said the yellow dragon boats were referred to as speed boats as their size and lighter weight allowed them to gain momentum rapidly.
“Due to the many rivers in southern China’s Guangdong province, the small and fast boats were useful for fishing, an essential part of the people’s way of life,” he said.
“Overtime these boats were modified for racing.”
Mr Eames said the yellow dragon boats were the first in Australia and were challenging to paddle.
“If you can paddle a surf ski then you’ll easily make the transition to paddle the yellow boat.
“Our aim is to become proficient paddlers in a boat that is relatively unknown in Australia,” Mr Eames said.
“It’s about teamwork, exercise and fun with the option of racing between ourselves.”
Mr Eames said the boat would be on display outside the Redland Sporting Club in Anson Road, Wellington Point on Saturday, July 22 from 11.30am to 2pm.
A dragon boat paddler will available to answer questions.
A paddle session will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 2pm.
For details, phone Cliff Eames on 0403 945 648 or go to Redland Sporting Club on July 22.