POTTSTOWN — The first Pottstown team to compete in the Independence Dragon Boat Regatta in Philadelphia isn’t looking to just be an also-ran this weekend.
“The coaches who do this for a living and are involved with Boathouse Row have given a lot of positive feedback about our team,” said Rob Matthews, the owner of Crossfit Pottstown where the 20 rowers train. “If we can get their timing right, they’re going to be competitive.”
June 1 will mark the seventh annual regatta featuring 30 feet long boats with dragon faces, tails and paint jobs one might associate more with a Viking invasion than the Schuylkill River.
Beginning at 8 a.m., teams will begin the 500 meter races. Each team participates in a qualifying heat,which determines what category the team races in. The next round will take the top two boats from each heat and put them into a final race that will determine the winner. A consolation race comprised of the boats that came in third and fourth in the semifinals also takes place.