Llys y Fran enjoys day of the dragon

SERENADING THE CROWDS: Crew members in the Paul Sartori boat.PICTURE: Lisa Soar

MAKING A SPLASH: The teams took on a 200 metre course on Llys y Fran.PICTURE: Lisa Soar

ENTER THE DRAGON: This team prepares to take part in one of the day's heats.PICTURE: Lisa Soar

READY, SET, ROW: These two crews line up at the starting line.PICTURE: Lisa Soar

OARSOME EFFORT: This crew gets stuck into paddling.PICTURE: Lisa Soar

STARTER’S ORDERS: Race official Martin Windsor, of Race the Dragon. PICTURE: Lisa Soar

DRAGONS ROAR: The Full Bore team, from Narberth’s Eagle Inn were the runners up. PICTURE: Lisa Soar

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MORE than one thousand people headed to Llys y Fran Country Park on Sunday for the inaugural Welsh Dragon Boat Race Championship.

Sixteen teams entered the fun competition, with Ysgol Dyffryn Taf beating the Full Bore team from the Eagle Inn, Narberth and the Haven Road Crew in the final. The team of seventeen completed the 200 metre course in just over 40 seconds.

The other teams were from Radio Pembrokeshire, Sign Speed, Princes Gate, Murco, I J Griffiths, Whitland Bowling Club, Ysgol y Preseli, Puffin Produce, Paul Sartori, Bill Ridge and family, D P Building Supplies and Dragon LNG.

The event was organised by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club, with the proceeds going towards the Noah’s Ark Appeal, the Paul Sartori Foundation and other local charities.

Rotary spokesman Ken Morgan, said: “Between 1,500 and 2,000 people came along on Sunday.

"It went extremely well. The feedback we have received from competitors and spectators has been great. Even the rain didn’t spoil the day.

“We had charity stalls and a host of entertainment throughout the day, and we’re really grateful for the cooperation from Welsh Water and John Samson, the Country Park manager.”

"We had a target of raising £10,000 and I think we’re nearer the £12,000 to £14,000 mark."

Ken added that the event will be back bigger and better next year, with double the amount of teams entering.

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