Mumbai waters witness feisty display
Rae Sport, a leading eco-friendly water sport company, for the first time in Mumbai, organized a dragon boat race between college teams as a part of the college fest – iTantra 2013. Set up on the shores of Girgaum Chowpatty at H2O Water Sports Centre; the dragon boats took over the seas to make the best use of the beautiful coastline of the city! It took place in the open waters with a team of ten or more situated in a single boat, rowing together to the finish line. The boats were long and could be toppled over or swerved out of control if not maneuvered in sync. Dragon boating manifests as a team sport, a sport of unity and strength.
As soon as the announcement of hosting a dragon boating event was made by Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC); student organizers of iTantra 2013 Festival witnessed a slew of teams appear for the training. More than ten teams (150 students) participated in the race, and the home team TSEC-G College stood victorious at the end of the eventful day!
Rae Sports was the sports agency behind this unique event. They provided the boats, equipment and free training sessions for three days from 12th Feb-14th Feb ‘13 to the students. Their motive to be a part of this attempt by iTantra was to promote water sports in Mumbai.
Results at a glance:
The following teams made it to the semi-finals
In the first semi-final, TSEC-G managed to win comfortably with a considerable margin even though SNDT-A has a 15s advantage for being an only Girls Team.
For the 2nd semi-final, there was a tie between the two teams and there had to be a re-race conducted. After which RIZVI-C went through to the finals.
The final match took place between TSEC-G and RIZVI-C. This race was worthy of being a final with both teams giving each other tough competition.
Both the teams were going neck to neck and finally the home team pulled it off in the last few meters. TSEC-G, the winners of the Dragon Boating competition won a cash price worth Rs.10, 000/-
About Rae Sports Pvt Ltd
Rae Sport Pvt Ltd is an eco-friendly water sport company. Without harming or disturbing the balance of nature they ensure a great workout and brings one closer to the elements. They help make exercising a pleasure and helps one explore Mumbai from an angle which has so far never been discovered
Rae Sport academy is presently in Mumbai, Khadakwasla in Pune, and in Goa. Advance kayaking courses have also been introduced on the Kundalika river at Kolad (around 130 kms from Mumbai)
Their academy in Mumbai is based at H20 Water Sports Centre, Girgaum Chowpatty. All trainers are internationally certified and have experience with water rescue techniques. They operate out of a protected bay and rescue technicians on boats are always there to ensure a safe and secure environment.