We have a Dragon Boat on the Moruya river. Every Saturday morning the paddlers arrive and carry the boat from its shed, down the ramp onto the water.
A few weeks ago I was on the other side of the water, looking across towards the Saturday morning market, when the Dragon boat came into view, they stopped and turned just out from where I was standing, then following orders from the coxon paddled smartly back upriver.
Dragon boat racing began in China, but has spread around the world as water sport, and a rehabilitative activity for breast cancer survivors. The Australian website http://www.dragonsabreast.com.au/ has lots of information about groups. Boats are often decorated with a proud dragon head and tail. My friend Buddhist nun Ani Choekyi blessed a number of dragon boats on the south coast here.
Here they go, back up the river, our mighty Moruya women, in their boat RiverDragon!
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