A Great Weekend in San Diego
Last weekend was the first San Diego Dragon Boat Race since 1983. TeamLARD headed down for our last race of the 2010 season.
Our goal heading into this race was to experiment with various seating configurations and to give our newer paddlers a chance to compete side-by-side with some of our more experienced paddlers. We also wanted to do everything we could to help out San Diego with their race.
Although our goal was not to put our strongest crews together as we do in many of our other races, I was very excited to see how TeamLARD stacked up against some of the best outrigger teams in California, if not the U.S., as Lanakila, IMUA and Kai Elua raced in the 10-man 250 meter divisions on Sunday.
Well, the results surprised me. We learned quite a bit about our roster configurations and we were able to compete with some of the best the dragon boat and outrigger community had to offer.
Our evenly split 20-man teams (LARD 1 and LARD A) finished first and third, respectively, in the Division 1 consolation Final and our 10-man mixed and open teams both finished second in their division behind Lanakila. We were the only dragon boat team in the mixed final.
Delwin, Aaron, and Tabitha captured some stunning images (see below) and video of the racing from the chase boat.
Here are some of the weekend’s results:
A great ending to another great year.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the LARD Men finished in first place in the 500m 20-man Open Division.