Dragon Boat Challenges: 2015 this page ::  2014    2013

 

The results for 2015 are further down this page.

 

The first-ever Dragon Boat Racing in the harbour attracted participants and spectators alike, in August 2013, and was repeated in 2014 and in 2015, again at the Fourth Port Festival during Marymass. Unfortunately, team numbers and a need for new organisers led to no Challenge in 2016. The positive is that over 3 years, about 500 different people raised approx. GBP 25,000 for charity.
It's not a heritage item - ! - but without doubt one that drew attention to what the harbour has to offer.
The 2013 and 2014 events were organised by Irvine Seagate Rotary and the 2015 event by the Water Sports Club.

 

Some photographs from the Marymass Fourth Port Festival in 2013. Click any photograph for the larger version.

2015 results below

Teams and Races

  • Blazing Paddles - a group of friends (supporting RNLI)
  • K A Warriors - staff of K A Leisure
  • Anthony Quinn Pirates
  • Irvine & Dreghorn Brass
  • Toddles Away - staff and young people of The Meadows Children's Centre
  • Zingy's Paddlers - EDF Energy
  • North Ayrshire Police
  • Senior Service Players
  • Gailes Golf & Leisure
  • The Vision Champions - staff & friends of the RNIB (supporting Ayrshire Vision Appeal)
  • 500 Milers - Ayr Rotary supporting '500 Miles'
  • Doggy Paddlers - North Ayrshire Amateur Swimming Club
  • Cutlass - Irvine Water Sports Club

On the day, one or two teams swapped Round 1 race positions to suit last minute arrivals at the safety briefing area, so we have omitted race numbers in the first round.

The four fastest times, deciding the finalists, are in bold.

Round 1   Time   Time
  Anthony Quinn Pirates 01.33.94 Blazing Paddles 01.33.32
  Irvine & Dreghorn Brass 01.34.06 Cutlass 01.33.79
  500 Milers 01.31.69 Gailes Golf & Leisure 01.34.06
  K A Warriors 01.49.78 Zingy's Paddlers 01.32.20
  North Ayrshire Police 01.30.72 Doggy Paddlers 01.30.77
  Senior Service Players 01.59.41 Toddles Away 01.45.23
Race 7 The Vision Champions 01.32.24 Anthony Quinn Pirates
(2nd heat race)
01.32.62

 

Round 2   Time   Time
Race 8 Blazing Paddles01.29.06 Irvine & Dreghorn Brass01.29.47
Race 9 Cutlass01.34.39 500 Milers01.42.09
Race 10 Gailes Golf & Leisure01.29.59 K A Warriors01.33.94
Race 11 Zingy's Paddlers01.21.00 North Ayrshire Police01.23.52
Race 12 Doggy Paddlers 01.27.38 Senior Service Players 01.44.86
Race 13 Toddles Away 01.35.58 The Vision Champions 01.33.34
Round 3   Time   Time
Race 14 Anthony Quinn Pirates01.30.17 Irvine & Dreghorn Brass01.28.70
Race 15 Blazing Paddles 01.17.29 Cutlass 01.18.75
Race 16 500 Milers01.34.22 K A Warriors01.36.86
Race 17 Gailes Golf & Leisure01.25.71 Zingy's Paddlers 01.18.77
Race 18 Doggy Paddlers 01.20.70 Toddles Away01.39.73
Race 19 North Ayrshire Police 01.22.84 Senior Service Players 01.35.33
    and The Vision Champions 01.29.35

The 2015 Final & Results

  • 1st - Zingy's Paddlers: 1.19.67 (EDF Energy at Hunterston B)
  • 2nd - Doggy Paddlers (North Ayrshire Amateur Swimming Club: 1.19.84
  • 3rd - Blazing Paddles: 1.20.06
  • Cutlass (Irvine Water Sports Club): 1.21.80

 

Best dressed team: Toddles Away (The Meadows Childrens Unit supporting Calum's Cabin)

And the winners all round: the whole community enjoying an excellent event.

 

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