We were really pleased to take part in Berkeley Foundation’s annual dragon boat race which took place last Thursday at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney.
This day long event has been running since 2012 and this year 32 different crews took part all eager to complete the 200m race in the fastest time. Projected donations topped a staggering £45k! A magician, a live band and barbecue entertained the crowds whilst the crews battled it out on the water.
The Box & Charnock Torpedo, captained by none other than Jen Sturgess, was amongst the line-up. “What an incredible day and an incredible experience! It’s fantastic that Berkeley should pull all this together to raise money for such a great cause. We had a fantastic time which was made even better when we rowed past Berkeley’s Woodberry Down development where we have a full team on site. Can’t wait to do it all again next year,” said Jen.
Team name: B&C Torpedo
Team captain: Jen Sturgess
Paddlers: Donna Vandervelden; Jack Lisi; Mike Farmer; Paul Naylor; Ryan Conway; Jen Sturgess; Dean Madden; Richard Whitlock; Arjun Singh; Adrian Petreheli; Billy Vlretinck
Best time achieved: 40.2 seconds
Result: We finished somewhere in the middle!
The Berkeley Foundation:
The Berkeley Foundation works to support the local community in four main areas – supporting charities that tackle the cause of homelessness; creating jobs for young, unemployed and homeless people; challenging, energising and training young people for the job market and helping people to live positively with illness or disability. The Dragon Boat Challenge was just one of multiple annual events and fundraisers organised by the Foundation, and it is hoped that the event will have raised in excess of £45,000.
Dragon boat racing
Did you know that dragon boat racing, which has its origins in Chinese traditions almost 20 centuries old, is the fastest growing water sport in England? These days the races more closely resemble traditional western boat racing with teams consisting of either 10 or 18 rowers, a helm and a drummer.