The “Dragons in the Wallowas” dragon boat club members were wild with joy at the medal awards ceremony after the Third Annual 7th Wonder Cup dragon boat races on Wallowa Lake last weekend.
“We just keep getting better and better,” said Race Organizer Mike Lockhart. “Our Grand Master’s boat is especially competitive — but our mixed team is not that far behind them.”
The team took home six medals, including a gold medal for the Grand Masters Team’s running of the 250-meter slalom race. The slalom remains a favorite addition to regular dragon boat racing offerings and the crowd of boaters gathered in the Edelweiss Inn at the head of the Lake for awards roared their approval of the decision to keep the slalom a regular part of upcoming races.
Eleven teams hit the lake Saturday and Sunday including two teams fielded by the Dragons in the Wallowas. Last year the Dragons in the Wallowas fielded a Mixed Team and a Women’s Team.
As usual, many of those top middle-aged members of the grand master’s boat also shouldered double-duty by joining younger team members on the mixed boat.
In addition to their gold medal in the grand master running of the slalom, the team took silver medals in the Grand Master’s 500-meter races (combined total of three times); the Mixed Team’s 500-meter races; the grand masters total combined scores of 500-Meters and slalom; the mixed team’s total combined scores of 500-Meters and slalom; and the mixed team’s run of the slalom.
The overall winner of the 7 Wonders Cup was Team Dragon Fuel, a Portland group with a combined time for all events of 10:22.99. The Dragons in the Wallowas mixed team was just behind them with a time of 10:52:12.