TOBAGO-BASED Oceanus dominated day one of many fifteenth Annual Chinese language Arrival Dragon Boat Pageant which paddled off at Skallywag Bay, Chaguaramas on Saturday.
The Damien Leach-led workforce had a successful begin to their marketing campaign as they powered to victory in spherical one, warmth one of many first combined 500m small boat class.
Oceanus coated the gap in three minutes, 28.822 seconds (3:28.822) alongside the uneven northwestern coast. Aquaholics (3:32.228) and Trailblazers (3:37.25) have been second and third respectively.
In race three, warmth one of many 500m open, the Tobago workforce battled the weather and an in-form Aquaholics workforce to snag an in depth win in 2:51.242. Aquaholics settled for a nippy second in 2:51.991.
Oceanus’ first girls’s workforce dealt with their opening 500m check nicely and clocked 3:10.663 to beat Trailblazers, who completed a ways behind in 3:28.307.
They went on to win their opening warmth within the combined 200m (49.78 seconds) and in addition topped the sector (2:31.925) in spherical two of the 500m open.
Different day-one warmth winners noticed Bishop Anstey (1:06.018) higher Hydro Warriors St Augustine Women Excessive Faculty Sea Serpents (1:15.139) within the feminine faculties 200m division.
Moreover, St Joseph’s Convent Wavebreakers defeated Holy Identify Convent Water Dragons by crossing the feminine 500m customary end line in 3:39.291. The latter clocked 3:42.20.
Within the boys’ class, Hillview Faculty Hyperion paddled to victory within the open customary 200m in 52.907s adopted by Blue Bloods (1:00.475).
Franco Siu Chong, Pan American Dragon Boat Federation president and Chinese language Bicentennial Restricted competition committee member, mentioned he was happy to see such a big turnout of groups and spectators after a three-year hiatus owing to the pandemic.
“We’re fairly pleased to get the Tobago workforce to take part right here as nicely. We now have 17 groups and 7 different particular Chinese language district groups that shall be racing for the particular Ambassadors Cup tomorrow (Sunday),” he mentioned.
Siu Chong added that apart from the ultimate day races, ten Chinese language distributors, who just lately arrived in Trinidad, shall be distributing samples of “new sorts” of Chinese language meals to spectators.
At Saturday’s races, the water was a bit uneven, with a excessive breeze, and prompted some minor delays for groups at the beginning line.
Twenty-six occasions shall be contested on Sunday. The regatta closes off with the usual premier combine, customary U21 open and small senior open 200m races.