A flotilla of colourful dragon boats was commandeered in an exciting waterborne challenge at Leeds Dock for our latest fun day outing.
Organised by members of the team at The Right Fuelcard Company (TRFC), which runs our Foundation, the event saw six plucky teams paddle for glory in a gruelling Dragon Boat race competition.
Excitement about the event had accelerated in the countdown via a series of hints and clues about what would unfold – as well as advice on what to wear. By the morning of the mystery tour to the city centre moorings, anticipation was at fever pitch.
A great day was had by all as each vessel was raced three times to find the fastest crew overall. After scoring a total record time of two minutes and 54 seconds, the pink team was crowned winners – while the red’s sailors posted the single fastest heat at 56 seconds.
Adam Walsh says: “We wanted to reward the guys for another great year and tried to find something that the majority of people hadn’t done before, which would challenge them in a new way. I was so impressed how everyone got involved – even those who are scared of the water – and tried their best for their team; everything was done in the right spirit and it was a truly great day.”
“Staff feedback was brilliant all-round. Everyone was buzzing because they had tried something they wouldn’t normally do and several now want to take up the sport.”
After the draining and hard fought time trials were completed and the victors presented with their trophies, a mouth-watering barbecue and drinks at Dock 29 restored the competitors to full strength. However, reports that all hands were issued with a tot of rum are completely untrue!
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