Charity & Community Dragon Boat Racing Events Calendar 2017

Dragon Boat Racing is a fantastic sport, it caters for all levels of fitness and abilities, as a team participation activity it really is unrivalled. No previous experience of dragon boat racing is required to enter our charity and community dragon boat events, full training and safety briefings form part of the event experience. It’s exciting, adrenalin pumping, and beware – highly addictive!

All Charity and Community Dragon Boat Racing Events are open to the public to enter. Teams entering events often consist of: sports and social clubs, colleges and universities, local companies and the armed forces.

We provide exciting and entertaining race days offering the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest growing water sport in a fun and safe environment.

Youth and Corporate dragon boat racing events are closed events and not open to the public to enter. If you are intrested in holding your own dragon boat racing event please contact us for further information.

Please select a specific dragon boat event or festival below for further information: 

Date
Event
Location
Saturday 6th May
Bradford Dragon Boat Festival
Bradford

Bradford Lord Mayors Appeal Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday 6th May 2017   

Venue: Roberts Park, Saltire, near Bradford  

Time: 10.00 - 5.30 pm 

Event Organiser: Team Bradford
 
Event Information: Teams will compete in what is expected to be, the largest dragon boat racing event ever held in the north of England.  Teams from around the region are invited to compete in an exciting bid to see which team will be crowned Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford.

Each Dragon boat will hold a maximum of seventeen team members (eight pairs of paddlers and a drummer – every team must have a drummer). The eighteenth person is the dragon boat instructor who steers the boat.
No previous experience is necessary as full instruction and training will be given on the day
Both men and women can compete on equal footing.

Dragon boat races are run throughout the day over a competition length course of around 200 metres – which works out to around 1'- 1' 15" minutes of hard aerobic paddling per race.

Each team in the festival is given a guaranteed (weather permitting) three timed races.

Your single best time over those three races is then used to qualify the fastest teams into the final round using all the dragon boats safely able to race together.

Each team is challenged to raise £1,200 per team for the Lord Mayor's two charities; Children’s Charity and Spread a Smile, with prizes available to reward the highest individual fund raisers.  There will also be a prize for the team that raises the most overall. 

Winner's medals, Captain's trophies and prizes will be presented after the event by the Lord Mayor of Bradford and team places are expected to go fast.

 

    

Sunday 14th May
Cardiff Dragon Boat Festival
Cardiff

Cardiff Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 14th September 2017

Venue: Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4UW

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser:

Event Information: 

Challenge your colleagues, friends and family. Companies, organisations and sports clubs from across Cardiff have the opportunity to enter their very own dragon boat team. A fantastic days racing on Atlantic wharf competing against rival teams from across the city, no previous experience is required, and all training is provided, its great fun. 
Supporting the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity – Cancer Research Wales, raising funds for this important and worthy cause while having fun with your colleagues and family out on the water.
So get together with your colleagues, friends and family for a fantastic day out and let’s Race the Dragon!

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

  

Sunday 21st May
Salford Dragon Boat Festival
Salford

Salford Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Sunday 21st May 2017

Venue: Salford Watersports Centre, 15 The Quays, Salford M50 3SQ

Time: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Event Organiser: Salford Dragon Boat Festival

Event Information: Join us in a day of challenge, fun, excitement and competition on Sunday 8th of May at the 2016 Salford Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon Boating is an activity anyone can do, whether able bodied or disabled and as full instruction is given on the day, no previous experience is necessary. A dragon boat team involves up to seventeen people (sixteen paddlers and a drummer), the aim being for the whole team to work together in unison, paddling (and drumming) as one in order to get the boat down the course and over the finishing line as fast as possible.

Raced over a distance of around 170 meters, each team will be given three timed races during the day, which will give the teams ample time to work with the instructors and use dragon boating as a way to develop team building and their team times. Once all three qualifying races are completed, each team’s fastest single race time will be used for qualification into the Grand Final, which will be an exciting race to the finish using all the available dragon boats to determine which team will become: Dragon Boat Champions of Salford 2017

Race the Dragon Ltd provide all the boats, instructors, helms, timing equipment, professional PA system and safety equipment. All you have to do is enter a team and enjoy the day.

 

Sunday 28th May
Welsh Dragon Boat Championships
Pembrokeshire

Welsh Dragon Boat Championships 

Date: Sunday 28th May 2017 

Venue: Llys y Fran Reservoir & Country Park, Clarbeston Road, Haverfordwest, SA63 4RR 

Time: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Event Organiser: Rotary Club of Narberth & Whitland 

Event Information:

The Dragons are racing back to Wales !

Dragon Boat Racing has become the world’s fastest growing water sport. Dragon Boats are 12 meters long and are decorated with a traditional dragons head, tail and drum. Each boat requires 16 paddlers and a drummer to beat a steady rhythm. An experienced helmsman is provided by the race organisers. The Dragon Boats are raced against each other in a spectacular and energetic display. Funds raised from the event will be used to support a range of Rotary charities.

A “Great Day Out” for participants and their families and friends! A variety of side shows, amusements, food and drink will be available for children and adults. To make this event a success we need the support of Clubs and/or Organisations

• Entertainment and additional fun activities (mainly for children) on the day. A marquee, refreshments and changing facilities will be available on site.

• You need to raise a team of 17 people. That’s 16 to paddle the boat plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm. The minimum age for team members is twelve years old. Fancy dress is OK!

All participants will receive a limited edition “I raced the Dragon” ‘T’ shirt. The winning team will receive a shield and an additional winners ‘T’ shirt.

Event Sponsored by

 

In Associated With

Welsh WaterCare in Hand

 

 

Saturday 10th June
Rotary clubs of Birmingham Dragon Boat Festival
Birmingham

Rotary Clubs of Birmingham Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday 10th June 2017

Venue: Edgbaston Reservoir, Edgbaston,Birmingham, B16 9EE

Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Event Organiser: The Rotary club of Edgbaston Convention and Birmingham Breakfast Club.

Event Details:

It’s a terrific team builder

  • Teams raise money for charity through sponsorship
  • No experience required, tuition is given before the start of your first race
  • Everything is provided, just bring along some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
  • Teams may wish to bring their own tents to change in
  • There are up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer) but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer) and have up to 3 reserves
  • Each team has a minimum of three races
  • There are medals to be won and an award for the best fancy dressed crew

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and activities for spectators and crews when they’re not paddling.

 

Saturday 17th June
5 Towns Dragon Boat Festival
Knottingley

Knottingly Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday 17th June 2017

Venue: Knottingley Amphitheatre, Hill Top, Knottingley, West Yorkshire. WF11 9AQ

Time: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Event Organiser: Rotary club of Osgoldcross and Elmet

Event Information: A full day of fun and racing. Each team will race at least 3 times during the day. Teams are made up of 17 people, anyone over the age of 12 can enter. Racing starts at 10 am and will continue throughout the day finishing at around 4pm. No experience is needed, full training is given on the day.

Race the Dragon Ltd provide all the boats, instructors, helmsmen, timing equipment, sound system and safety equipment. All you have to do is to turn up and enjoy the day.

 

Sunday 18th June 2017
The Wimbledon Dragon Boat Challenge
Wimbledon

Date: 18th June 2017

Venue: Wimbledon

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser:

Event Information: 

Challenge your colleagues, friends and family. Companies, organisations and sports clubs from across Wimbledon have the opportunity to enter their very own dragon boat team. A fantastic days racing, competing against rival teams from across the city, no previous experience is required, and all training is provided, its great fun. 

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

Saturday 24th June
Cosmeston Dragon Boat Festival
Penarth

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

Sunday 25th June
Chester Dragon Boat Festival
Chester

Chester Dragon Boat Festival


Date: Sunday 25th June 2017

Venue: Sandy Lane Park, Sandy Lane, Chester. CH3 5UL

Time: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Event Organiser: Chester Dragon Boat Festival

2004 – 2017 
Enter a team and celebrate the Festivals 12th year anniversary

Event Information: Join us in a day of challenge, fun, excitement and competition on the banks of the River Dee in Chester on Sunday 19th June. Dragon Boating is an activity anyone can do, whether able bodied or disabled and as full instruction is given on the day, no previous experience is necessary. 

A dragon boat team involves up to seventeen people (sixteen paddlers and a drummer), the aim being for the whole team to work together in unison, paddling (and drumming) as one in order to get the boat down the course and over the finishing line as fast as possible. 

Raced over a distance of around 230 meters, each team will be given three timed races during the day, which will give the teams ample time to work with the instructors and use dragon boating as a way to develop team building and their team times.

A full day of fun and racing. Each team will race at least 3 times during the day. Teams are made up of 17 people, anyone over the age of 12 can enter. Racing starts at 10 am and will continue throughout the day finishing at around 4.30 pm. No experience is needed, full training is given on the day.

Race the Dragon Ltd provide all the boats, instructors, helms, timing equipment, sound system and safety equipment. All you have to do is enter a team and enjoy the day.

 

Sunday 2nd July
KM Dragon Boat Challenge
Maidstone

Maidstone Dragon Boat Festival (KM Charity)

Date: Sunday 2nd July 2017

Venue: Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent. ME15 7SU

Time: 10.00 am to 4.30pm

Charity Information: The Kent and Medway Charity Team organises a range of activities to help the charitable sector with its fund-raising and supports initiatives to promote health and wellbeing, particularly amongst primary school children.

The charity works in partnership with the KM Group, Kent's biggest media organisation. The media group provides free office accommodation for the charity at its offices at Wraik Hill, Whitstable and provides editorial coverage for its shared activities.

The charity provides a range of services under the broad headings of charitable support, health and wellbeing and walk to school services.
Event Information: Enter a team in the KM dragon boat challenge and raise funds for your chosen charity and help charitable groups with their fund-raising.

The event raises funds for the KM Group's local charities of the year and allows school PTA groups, sports clubs, charities and businesses to raise funds for the cause of their choice.

Teams of 11 people will compete with one of the crew beating a drum to dictate the pace of the paddles. They will compete in a minimum of three races but the fastest teams will compete in the finals at the end of the day.

It is a challenge for those who wish to savoir the ancient traditions of the dragon boat, as much as for those who want to test their strength and paddling technique by traveling across the 250m course in the fastest time.

It is also a day for spectators as well as for people taking part, with lots of side attractions and amusements for the whole family.

 

Saturday 12th August 2017
The Rotary Club of Northwich Dragon Boat Challenge
Northwich River

Date: 12th August 2017             

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser:

Event Information: 

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

Sunday 13th August
Boston Dragon Boat Festival
Boston


 

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Sunday 14th August 2016

Venue: Witham Way Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser:

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival (BDBF) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the belief in ensuring we all have the healthiest heart we can. It was founded in memory of John Stevens, who lived in the Boston area for most of his life, and was a keen supporter of local charities and all things Boston. 

The trust looks to pursue its aims by encouraging regular exercise, and by supporting local sports and exercise providers, as well as providing support for local, national and international heart charities.

Event Info:

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment 

At least 3 races per crew 

Trophy for the winning crew and medals for the top three crews 

Prize for crew raising the most money for charity, and the “best dressed” crew 

Trophy for individual raising most money.

 

Sunday 20th August
Reading Dragon Boat Festival
Reading

Reading Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Sunday 20th August 2017

Venue: Wokingham Waterside Centre, Thames Valley Park, Berkshire, RG6 1PQ

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Information:

Sunday 21st of August will see teams from across the region gather at Thames Valley Park Riverside alongside Wokingham Waterside Centre to “Race the Dragon”.  Each team will be raising money for the Reading Lions club and charities of their choice in the first Reading Dragon Boat Festival.  The day will be a fun filled family festival with gripping, adrenalin fuelled dragon boat racing on the river a spectacle not to be missed.  Landside attractions for all to enjoy with children’s entertainment, charity stalls, catering stands, landside games, bar and much more.

* It's a great 'team building' event
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 13 persons in a team, but you can race with a crew of 11 (10 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

  

Saturday 2nd September
Stockton Dragon Boat Festival
Stockton-On-Tees

Stockton Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 2nd September 2017

Venue: The River Tees Water Sports Centre: TS18 2NL

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser: 

Event Information: 

The Dragons are coming to Stockton! Have you got what it takes to “Race the Dragon”? The Stockton Dragon Boat Festival 2017 will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at the River Tees Watersports Centre. Companies, social groups, charities and friends and families are invited to enter their own dragon boat team to help raise funds for charity.  No previous experience of dragon boat racing is necessary as all training will be provided on the day and teams are able to nominate either The Princes Trust or a registered charity of their own choice.  So bring your team for a “Funtastic” day out and let’s Race the Dragon...

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

 

 

Saturday 9th September
The Great River Race
London Docklands

21.6 Miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey

The Great River Race is London's River Marathon. A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe. The Great River Race appeals to every level of competitor! From serious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts, it's a great fun day out for both competitors and spectators.

 

For more information on the Great River Race 2016, head over to the website...

Sunday 10th September 2017
The St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Festival
Tilgate Park, Crawley

Date: 10th September 2017

Venue: Tilgate Lake

Time: 10:00 – 4:00

Event Organiser: St Catherines Hospice

Event Information: 

The essential points are:-
* It's a lot of fun - teams that took part previously want to do it again
* It's a great 'team building' event
* Teams raise money for charity of their choice through sponsorship
* No experience is required – full safety training is provided before the start of your first race
* All the boats and race equipment is provided by Race the Dragon Ltd we also provide a marquee for each team - just bring some spare dry clothes in case you get wet
* Up to 17 persons in a dragon boat (16 paddlers and 1 drummer), but you can race with a crew of 13 (12 paddlers plus a drummer)
* Each team has a minimum of 3 races will race head to head in the grand final
* 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies, winners set of medals to be won and also a award for the best fancy dressed crew of the day.

Saturday 23rd September
BDA National Dragon Boat Championship
Nottingham

 

BDA National Dragon Boat Championship

Date: 23rd September 2017

Venue: National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierre Point, Nottingham

Time: 10:00 - 4:00

Teams from across the country will take to the water at the National Watersports Centre in a bid to be crowned Champions of the BDA National Championship. We are Pleased to announce that we the BDA (British Dragon Boat Association) have teamed up with Race the Dragon Ltd. National providers of Charity, Corporate and Youth dragon boat Festivals, who will be operating under license the BDA National Championship on behalf of the BDA.

Have you got what it takes to “race the dragon” and be the “best of the best”?

The BDA National Championships is open to all scratch teams be it charity, corporate, group of friends or colleagues, the only condition is you are not affiliated with the BDA! No previous experience is required as a full safety and technical briefing will be given to each team prior to your first race.

 

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