Come and float my boat...

THERE was nowhere better to be last weekend than at Lake Jindabyne's Flowing Festival.

More than 800 paddlers jumped in and out of boats to race over 200 metres on the beautiful waters of the lake.

The crews keep coming back every year and this time in record numbers from Canberra, South Coast, Albury and Illawarra sporting teams.

For the community and junior crews, this is the must-do weekend when everyone is prepared to take on the challenge.

Jindabyne Central School (JCS) held on to the Snowy Hydro Junior Division trophy. They can be very proud of this achievement - congratulations to the crew, the sweep and drummer and all who helped. St Pat's came second in this hotly-contested event - two heats and Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) third. The senior division winners were SMGS just ahead of the JCS team.

A big thanks was extended to Snowy Hydro for sponsoring this race and to David Hogan for presenting the trophy.

Lakewood Dinner Party took out the sought-after Dress Up Award - cash prize $300 - and the overall winner of the community teams category was also Lakewood, with Gidgillys second and Cycling Club Peleton third.

The community and corporate teams are the heart and soul of the festival, and this year saw new crews from Jindabyne Cycling and Triathlon Club and High Country Fitness.

The Mountain Challenge Trophy, where the ski resorts battle for summer supremacy, saw Charlotte Pass take the winner's podium with a clear victory over the Second Thredbo team.

The Sports Teams - now coming in record numbers, especially from Canberra - showcased the sport of Dragon Boat Paddling with Ice Dragons taking out all the major awards, with Komodo and locals Snow Dragons filling the places. New crews came from Albury and Illawarra and the South Coast clubs again brought their boats for the Festival.

The market stalls were in the Park all day Sunday and this is now the biggest market in the area.

All the races were organised by Dragon Boat NSW, with volunteers from Sydney clubs wrangling the boats, helping crews and joining in the fun of the weekend.

The whole event is organised by the Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragons, and co-ordited by Jo Davis, who can have her life back - until next year that is - so get planning now.

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