A LOT goes into making sure dragon boats are ready for the water.
You really have to cross the T’s and dot the eyes.
Golden Dragons Ballarat has had its new dragon boats blessed by Buddhist monks at a ceremony held at Lake Wendouree on Saturday.
As part of the traditional ceremony, the eyes of the dragon boats are dotted to awaken the dragon and bring it to life.
The Buddhist monks, visiting from Melbourne, performed the ritual which including chanting to the spirits to ask that paddlers are not harmed.
There was also a performance by the lion dancers from the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat, before the boats were put into the water.
Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat secretary Michelle Philips said around 100 people were involved in the ceremony.
“We’re very proud to be supporters of the Golden Dragon boat club.
“They came to us to get a bit of guidance on the Chinese cultural side of things,” she said.
“It’s been wonderful. It’s become a real multicultural focus.”