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Dragon Boat Racing in Southampton

Posted: May 16, 2012 Time: 1:15 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Amidst the wettest six weeks on record, the sun shone for the inaugural BDO/ Rainbow Centre Dragon Boat event on Saturday 12th May in Mayflower Park Southampton.

The event, jointly organised by Gable Events, The Rainbow Centre and top accounting company BDO, turned out to be a fantastic day with more than 150 team members and their families from 14 local companies enjoying the excitement of the racing as well as the stalls and entertainment laid on for the children. Bands from BDO and Blake Lapthorne provided live music and contributed to a festival atmosphere.

With a backdrop of container ships coming and going and the beautiful cruise liner The Eclipse, 14 colourful boats took to the water in several heats to pitch for places in the semi-final and top 3 places in the final.
The sound of beating drums and team leaders shouting the rhythm of the paddling filled the air as the spectators enthusiastically cheered on their teams. Competition was fierce.

By mid-afternoon three teams had made the final; Draper Tools, Khan Morris and the event partner BDO. The finish was a nail-bitingly close result with Draper Tools winning, Khan Morris second and BDO a close-run third. Medals and bottles of wine were presented to the finalists by Helen Somerset How.
Thousands of pounds was raised and a great time was had by all