Heats of Five

I say to Damiond and Kelly, “I’ve seen dragonboats — the long canoes with a pacing drummer at the front and a guy standing with a steering paddle at the back, right?”

Kelly says, “And ten paddlers along each side.”

“I’ve never seen a race though.”

Damiond says, “They’re sprints, heats of five boats at a time. There’s sixty boats here so it’s a huge festival.” His attention gets diverted by the pike. “That’s a nice sized fish.”