Hervey Bay crew scorches 1770
HERVEY Bay Dragons remain in with a sniff of back to back titles after taking out round three of the Wide Bay Dragon Boat Series.
The ever-improving Hervey Bay crew became the first team to knock off series leader 1770 this year after a powerful display at Tin Can Bay.
Hervey Bay hit the gas from the start winning its first two heats and finishing second in the final heat to qualify for the major final.
Needing to beat 1770 to keep its title dream alive, Hervey Bay blitzed its much-vaunted rival by more than three seconds.
"(It was) beyond our expectations," Hervey Bay Dragons president and crew member Jan Isbel said.
"We also had the fastest time (51sec) in any race over the regatta."
Hervey Bay finished runner up in the last round in Bundaberg, but Isbel said a strong focus on their starts was the difference.
"We were finding our starts weren't explosive enough and that's where we were falling down," she said.
"We put in some huge strokes right at the beginning to get the bow up and get away quickly and that seemed to be the big improvement."
Hervey Bay trails 1770 by two points in the series with the last round at 1770 on September 7.
But Isbel said they would need some luck to snatch the title away from 1770.
"They'll have to do very badly and we'll have to win to have any chance, but we'll try our best," she said.