Friendship and teamwork prevailed in this year’s Dragon Boat festival in Marlow for team Data Select.
The Marlow Dragon Boat Festival is organised by Team Activity Group and in recent years has attracted as many as 400 participants in over 30 teams. Combined with huge numbers of supporters both young and old this creates a wonderful atmosphere and a truly fantastic day out in the height of the British summer. 2018 marked the second year that Data Select have entered the competition.
After a rocky start, but with a respectful time of 1 minute 10 seconds, team captain David Horbury realised that the team needed a bit of a shuffle and repositioned team members that had been in last years event to the front of the boat, which created a new time of 1 minute 3 seconds!
This new time had an amazing effect on the team and those who came to support.
The determination to do even better was only to be dashed by a false start in the third race… Which then created a bit of controversy and a nail-biting wait to see if we had qualified for the semi-finals. It was with great surprise to find out that we had scraped through by mere milliseconds…
Now racing in the semi-finals, where we posted the best time of our day, beating the other semi-finalists to move into the finals, with only five minutes rest we ran our final race just missing out on second place! A vast improvement on finishing fourth from last in 2017.
A great day had by all… looking forward to 2019!