Dragon boat racing in the rain.
Today was my works Away Day, the first one I have been on in almost 6 years at LBTH. So hats off to them for arranging it. It was held at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre. The first part of the day was spent indoors going through the usual 🙁 team building stuff such as “how to offer a better service to the customer?” and “How to improve our lives at work?” or something to that extent… As usual there was the odd finger pointing and laying blame etc.
After lunch and a promise of some fine weather we headed onto the water into two Dragon Boats. We were given a quick demonstration on how to row forwards, backwards, how to stop the boat. (photos to follow soon… Tecla, I hope you will be sharing your photographs).
And then it happened… The heavens opened, and the rain came pouring down (typical English weather). At least it wasn’t cold and windy.
The first race we lost by a whisker, but only because we let the other team win. 😉 I must say it was pretty darn tiring on the arms. At one point I thought my arm was going to fall right off, because it was so tired. In the second race we won by a few strokes, a really good achievement considering we were the only team to have a lady on board. Not that we were disadvantaged or anything.
In the last race I think we lost, but it was a pretty close call. Overall it was very enjoyable although the weather could have been a bit kinder to us. Still, I am not grumbling as it was a damm side better than being indoors all day.
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