On November 7th, 40 odd people gathered at Aberdeen Boat Club to celebrate another season paddling with a red shirt on. This year was particularly special as we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Cheryl Fender told the story of how the club was formed. And as fate would have it, the man that helped set up and coach that first bunch of women (Andy Cummings) was with us that night! Cheryl went on to talk about how Andy has since passed the coaching torch on to his wife (Anna Mathisen), who has help us set up our Outrigging team over the last few years. The men’s and women’s captains (Gareth Page and Vicki Easton) also said a few words to the team.
Whilst the night was complete with an open bar and loads of amazing food, the primary focus of the night was to recap and reflect on a great year. This was largely accomplished with a fantastic presentation from Darren Fender along with the annual trophy auction (20 in total) to raise valuable funds for the club.
Finally, on top of a Stormy’s welcome to some of our newest teammates, we also gave out a few awards as well…
Most Improved Male – Andrew Bancroft
Most Improved Female – Michelle Lau
Most Training Sessions attended – Cecillia Fabrizio
Best Club Spirit – Deanne Young
Worst Injury – David Horniblow
Best non-swimmer – Steve Lam
So while our evening reflecting on the 2015 season was one to remember, the crew is very ready to focus on the coming paddling season… Bring on 2016!
Last month, Stormy Dragons held its fourth annual ball in support of the Hong Kong Sea School which gives so much to the paddling community at large.
It was a fantastic night, and for the first time we had a live band, The Jack Rabbit Slims. A wonderful start to the 2015 season, and Stormy’s 10th year!
Two more trophies for the October auction as the official domestic season comes to a close.
The ladies ran three solid and convincing races, twice finishing the 200m course in 58 seconds, three seconds faster than their fastest time last year, and keeping their championship trophy.
Our mixed battled hard against our friends and host of our training base, Tai Tam Tuk Villagers, and the eventual champions, Team Mushu. The final saw all three teams finish within a third of a second of each other. Stormys took third place.
The mens team made tremendous strides over their previous year’s performance. Last year, we made the bronze cup final. This year we made the silver cup final and came in second behind Tai Tam Tuk but ahead of the Lichtenstein Princely Navy who came third. We took 2 seconds off our fastest course time.
Much pizza was consumed afterwards.
A fantastic day’s racing at Stanley. We entered two mixed boats and finished with a second place in the Mixed Championship, just losing to DCH by a dragon’s nose.
On a weekend full of amber rain warnings, Stormys made it rain gold on the first day of our two-day racing weekend, with both a standard Mixed Grand Final gold (beating 96 teams) and a Mens mini gold!
We will be back at Stanley on the 2nd of June for the main event!