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Summerfield Submariners raise £1000 for Headway Somerset in the Dragon Boat Race 2016

Summerfield, undeterred by their lacklustre performance in 2015, once again took to the waters of the River Tone at the Dragon Boat Race this year. Trading their property skills and hard hats for oars and life jackets, they risked a splash and possible embarrassment with the idea of raising £1,000 for local charity, Headway Somerset.

Contributions from staff and their families who didn’t row on the day ranged from designing personalised t-shirts for the ‘Summerfield Submariners’ to providing the rowers with chocolate, delicious home-made flapjacks, drinks and moral support throughout the day.

Those who were rowing donned their lifejackets and prepared to race. The day was divided into four races, with three heats followed by the final. The Summerfield Submariners whizzed through the first three heats, winning every round, beating boats of pirates, Vikings and animals – fantastic fancy dress from other teams on the day.

After some hog roast for sustenance, the Summerfield Submariners had qualified for the final and made their way to the dragon boat for the last race. This time, they would be competing against not one, but two other teams. What had started as a friendly event on the river to raise money on a Sunday had quickly turned into a fierce battle between highly competitive Taunton organisations!

The Submariners made a promising start. By this point the team had mastered the “One-Two” rowing stroke chorus and were powering down the River Tone. Sadly for them, three boats competing meant a bit of a crush at the final bend, resulting in a slight collision which slowed the team down enough to relinquish their lead. They were disappointed, having maintained the three fastest times in the first three rounds, to have been beaten by a mere third of a second by the Clerksroom Corsairs in the final – but had to concede the Corsairs were worthy winners after an impressive fight for victory.

Third place went to St John’s Chambers and the fancy dress prize was won by the Musgrove Mutineers (who beat stiff competition from the Viridor Vikings and Clarke Willmott’s ‘Noah’s Lark’ team).

Take a look at some video footage from the day:

The Summerfield Submariners were happy to go home with a silver medal, a special T-shirt and the knowledge that they had helped raise £1000 to support Headway Somerset, a fantastic local cause. The team are already working on their rowing technique for next year and will be aiming for gold in 2017.

The Submariners made a promising start. By this point the team had mastered the “One-Two” rowing stroke chorus and were powering down the River Tone. Sadly for them, three boats competing meant a bit of a crush at the final bend, resulting in a slight collision which slowed the team down enough to relinquish their lead. They were disappointed, having maintained the three fastest times in the first three rounds, to have been beaten by a mere third of a second by the Clerksroom Corsairs in the final – but had to concede the Corsairs were worthy winners after an impressive fight for victory.
Third place went to St John’s Chambers and the fancy dress prize was won by the Musgrove Mutineers (who beat stiff competition from the Viridor Vikings and Clarke Willmott’s ‘Noah’s Lark’ team).
Take a look at some video footage from the day:

The Summerfield Submariners were happy to go home with a silver medal, a special T-shirt and the knowledge that they had helped raise £1000 to support Headway Somerset, a fantastic local cause. The team are already working on their rowing technique for next year and will be aiming for gold in 2017.

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