Second overseas festival: In 2017 the Hutt Valley Heat women and 4 Silver Dragon men competed in the very first Bali International Dragonboat Festival. In the women’s divisions HVH bought back bronze and the mixed team (The VCD Taniwhas) came 6th.
First Gold medal for VDC: In 2016 the Hutt Valley Heat (the VDC women’s team) won the first ever gold medal for VDC in challenging conditions.
Wellington Festival Results in 2015: A Great Day at the 2015 Wellington Festival. All four VDC teams performed well in the 2015 NZCT Wellington Dragonboat Festival with all qualifying for the Grand Finals in their Division. Hutt Valley Heat finishing 5th in the women’s division, Thunderstruck and Green Machine coming 3rd and 4th respectively in the mixed open grade, and Silver Dragons 3rd in the masters. The Wellington Festival is NZ’s largest Dragonboat Festival with the best venue, most participants, and most spectators.
First overseas festival: 2013 was the first time a VDC team competed overseas, bringing home two trophies from the Darling Harbour Dragonboat Festival in Sydney.
First Silver: In 2011 the VDC teams won silver medals in the Grand Dragons (mixed 50+) and Premier divisions (women).
First Bronze: In 2012 the club entered a Mixed team in the Premier (Sports) Division and VDC teams won two bronze medals and a 4th place.
Established: The club was registered as an incorporated society with the Ministry of Economic Development in August 2009 but teams were first formed for the 2011 season.