3 from 3SDL go Dragon Boating with CAS
- 06 July 2018
Cameron Lewis, Dan Thomas and Chris Jones from 3SDL took part in the Dragon Boat racing on the River Thames on 5 July as part of the RAF 100 event. Chris was there in his Reserves capacity where he has been a key contributor to planning the RAF 100 celebrations.
The day started with training at the RAF Danesfield Watersport Centre before the group was split into two crews; fully trained, two dragon boats set-off down the river towards the centre of Marlow. Traveling down the river provided time for each team to develop their skills and hone their tactics for the race ahead. It also enabled members of the team to talk to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier.
Cameron Lewis, an apprentice at 3SDL, said “it was a great opportunity for me to experience something new like Dragon Boat racing and work together as a team. It was also really encouraging to talk to Sir Stephen who, in most circumstances, I would not have the chance to speak to.”
Once the teams arrived in Marlow, it was time for the race. The short sprint saw the Gold team get off to a flying start but at halfway a lack of timing and communication (!) saw them drift off course, allowing the silver team to burst into first place and take the victory.
A short break for lunch allowed the rest of the group to chat to CAS and take photo’s before setting off back up the river to round off a great day. The winning team had the privilege of carrying the RAF 100 Baton, which has been all around the country, back to the Watersport Centre. A final jump in the river by everyone was needed to cool off and celebrate the day.
Thank you to everyone who turned up and organised the event and made it a day to remember.
See Twitter link below for video footage of the team in action!
- 06 July 2018