A new type of craft found its way to Lake Cargelligo last weekend when Parkes Dragon Boat Club (PDBC) turned up with a group of 26 people and a 12 metre dragon boat.
The Parkes paddlers decided to have a casual, fun weekend away, combined with the 50th birthday celebration of one of its members.
The vast expanse of water of this massive inland lake highly impressed the Parkes paddlers as they’re anxiously watching the ever-decreasing water line at their Lake Endeavour training ground every week.
“We had a wonderful time on the lake and our members have all been very impressed by the friendliness of the town as well as the beauty of the lake,” said PDBC President, Bill Thomas.
It was also a good opportunity to expose the paddlers and sweeps to different conditions having to paddle in the presence of motor boats creating waves and turbulence in the water. Having the freedom to paddle on a vast body of water was a luxury all the members enjoyed tremendously.
The club’s registrar, Louise Moore, suggested the venue because of the beautiful large waterway with easy access, and also to support the community of Lake Cargelligo in this time of drought.
The Sailing Club was very accommodating and offered the PDBC the use of their club house, which was a great bonus for the Parkes members.
“We really appreciated the help of the Sail- ing Club, and Barbara Nilsson was lovely to deal with,” said Louise.
“It was a lot of fun,” the members agreed. The club has two training sessions per week on Thursday and Sunday at Lake Endeavour. Contact 0418 253 045 if you would like to come for a try out session.