Teams fired up for fun in dragon boat fundraiser

20/5/2012 (SB)''Portsmouth Dragon Boat Races took place on Sunday on the lake at 1000 Lakeside raising money for the Portsmouth Rotary Club. ''Pictured is: (l-r) Abshot team and 64th Portsmouth Scout Group during their race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (121755-3806)

20/5/2012 (SB)''Portsmouth Dragon Boat Races took place on Sunday on the lake at 1000 Lakeside raising money for the Portsmouth Rotary Club. ''Pictured is: (l-r) Abshot team and 64th Portsmouth Scout Group during their race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (121755-3806)

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DRUMS boomed across a lake as hundreds of fundraisers battled each other in a dragon boat race.

More than 20 teams of paddlers competed to make it across the finish line at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour yesterday.

The dragon boat festival was organised by the Southsea Castle and Portsmouth and Southsea rotary clubs to raise money for the Rowans Hospice, Vision Aid and sailing charity Around and Around.

Individual teams were also there to raise money for their own charities.

Fundraiser Lauren Harris, 22, took up a paddle to raise money for Around and Around.

She is in charge of the charity’s attempt to take a crew of youngsters sailing around the world in Sir Alec Rose’s historic yacht Lively Lady.

She said: ‘Everyone has had a great time and now we are all just looking forward to doing it all over again next year.’

Other teams included youngsters from Portsmouth Grammar School, several rotary clubs from the Portsmouth area and the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity.

One of the organisers from Southsea Castle Rotary Club, Morley Stewart-Jones, said: ‘Everyone has had a good day out.

‘The weather could have been a bit nicer but the important thing is everyone had fun.

‘We had a few people taking part for the first time this year who just have fun taking part.’

The six teams with the fastest times throughout the day took part in one final race at the end.

And with a victorious cheer, Whiteley Rotary Club took home the first place trophy with a time of one minute and seven seconds.

They were followed by Portsmouth Grammar School in second place and Stepping Stones in third.

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