As the largest Dragon Boat club in the Wellington region, we have more than one team so you can find a place to fit no matter your fitness level or age.

Our club is made up of people from all over and from all age groups, in 2016 we had 3 teams paddling Green Machine in the Open (mixed) division, Hutt Valley Heat in the Women’s division and the Silver Dragons in the Masters (40+) divisions.

VDC members also act as coaches, sweeps, or provide general support and advise for teams that are not in the club.

The Teams

Silver Dragons (mixed, masters)

This team consists of paddlers of 50 years and over (half are 60+) The Silver Dragons team is the first Grand Dragons team in Wellington and New Zealand and competed internationally In Australia in 2013.

Training:  Thursday 5.30-7pm 

Coach:

Manager: Trevor Vickers

Hutt Valley Heat (womens)

This team is open to women of any age and paddling experience. Hutt Valley Heat won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Wellington International Dragonboat Festival and the Silver in 2017. They also competed for internationally in Bali in 2017 and came home with a Bronze.

Training: Tuesdays 5.30-7pm

Coach: David Lundon

Manager: Rachel Calvert

Green Machine (mixed)

This VDC Mixed Team is for all paddlers male or female. It’s a strong team that has been going for a few years now. One of the hardest divisions is the mixed open division and Green Machine rise to the challenge.

Training: Wednesday 5.30-7pm

Coach: Trent McKenzie

Manager: Roy Hoogmoed

The People

David Lundon

Sweep, Coach and Club President

Dave started paddling as a stroke in the mid 90’s then took up sweeping when he realised it is easier to yell at paddlers instead of paddling yourself. Dave has swept at the 2007 World Championships. He has also steered UHC and several corporate teams safely across the finish line in Wellington and at National championships.

Jacob de Feijter

Sweep, Coach and Club Secretary

Jacob’s first dragonboating race was in 1989 in Singapore. Over the last 16 years, he coached a variety of School and Corporate teams. Except for 2004, the teams he coached (many together with Sue Jamieson of Upper Hutt College) have always won medals and Jacob expects to continue this trend with the VDC teams. Jacob also paddles for the Silver Dragons team but finds it hard to keep his mouth shut and not give instructions to the sweep! And in the past has coached Taylor Preston and Upper Hutt College.

Calum Bennachie

Sweep and super awesome

Calum has many years experience, sweeping for a variety of teams. Easily spotted on the water, you can hear him barking his commands from miles away!

Roy

Team manager

Without even having touched a paddle before, Roy entered a brand new dragonboat team in 2012. It was an absolute miracle they managed to keep the boat afloat during that first training session. However the team did surprisingly well at race day and Roy has been paddling ever since. After moving to VDC he took over managing the Green Machine team.

Kristin

Treasurer

Kristin has been dragonboating for the VDC women’s team ‘Heat’ for 5 seasons and also one season with The Dominion Post. She loves the social side of the sport, helping out the newbies in the team, having a laugh and paddling hard! On the side, she makes sure money gets into the clubs bank account and the bills are paid.
Here is a photo of Kristin hydrating between races at the Bali International Festival in 2017.

The Place

All training is held in Wellington Harbour or in Whairepo Lagoon on rough days. The boats are launched near the fountain at the Te Papa end of Frank Kitts Park.