Dragon boats need a place to call home

THE South C Dragons need a home.

Warrnambool dragon boat enthusiasts, the South C Dragons,  need an indoor home for their boats to prepare them for the coming racing season. Claire Norman (left), Jan Barton, Marlene O’Brien, Ann Krause, Judy Conn and Judy Umney now have to rug up to carry out maintenance outdoors. 140717LP32 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Warrnambool dragon boat enthusiasts, the South C Dragons, need an indoor home for their boats to prepare them for the coming racing season. Claire Norman (left), Jan Barton, Marlene O’Brien, Ann Krause, Judy Conn and Judy Umney now have to rug up to carry out maintenance outdoors. 140717LP32 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Established nearly two years ago in Warrnambool, the team of female dragon boat paddlers has grown up and got serious, getting a new lighter and faster boat.

South C Dragons president Ann Krause said the club was seeking a place where it can work undercover to upgrade its new racing standard dragon boat and keep it in storage, along with the heavier dragon boat it has used so far.

Mrs Krause said the team presently had its two boats out in the open in a builder’s yard and a sheltered, long-term home was needed.

The area would need to be at least 14 metres long to accommodate the new boat.

The club recently bought the racer secondhand from Dragon Boats Victoria to get a boat that was compatible with many of the others it raced against at regattas throughout Victoria.

The club was established in 2012 to provide exercise and moral support for women who had breast cancer but it was open to all women, Mrs Krause said. The club has 30 members, 60 per cent of whom are breast cancer survivors and most are aged over 50.

People who might have undercover area available for the dragon boat should contact Mrs Krause on 0400 800 499 or annkrause56@gmail.com

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