Oarsome roar of harbour race

As red, white and yellow dragons danced to the rhythms of drummers, hundreds of oarsmen and women have competed in the Chinese New Year Dragon Boat races.

In evocatively named boats such as the Dragonhunters (from Newcastle) and the Flamin’ Dragons (Port Macquarie) the crews raced their 20-metre vessels up and down Cockle Bay.

The event may have been light on spectators but more than 3000 people are expected to take part during the two days of competition.

There are 40 more races on Sunday for the event, which organisers claim is ‘‘the biggest dragon-boat regatta in the southern hemisphere’’ and is the last of the City of Sydney’s official celebrations of the Chinese New Year.

This story Oarsome roar of harbour race first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.