The Chester Charity Dragon Boat Challenge is an event where teams from either your company or your community organisation, can enter and raise funds for your nominated registered charity. Equally, registered charities can promote the event to their supporters and get teams entering to raise funds for them.
Suitable for both novice and experienced teams alike, NO previous experience is necessary as all training and instruction is given on the day.
The morning event will still be our traditional ‘Open Charity Event’
The afternoon event will be a new ‘Multi Charity Event’
Teams race in genuine Chinese dragon boats that have been specially imported provided by, the UK’s leading professional dragon boat event’s company “Race The Dragon Ltd.”
A dragon boat team is made up of 17 team members (16 paddlers and a team drummer). Before each team’s first race, everyone will be given a full safety briefing and also instruction on the technique used. Teams will then compete in three timed qualifying races during the event, where their single fastest time only will count for Grand Final qualification.
Teamwork is vital if a fast time is going to be achieved and for this reason, the instructors will also give further ‘on the water’ training to help with technique. Over the distance we race (200 meters), fitness is not a key factor – technique however is because it’s a team sprint where teamwork and timing is everything.
What you will be aiming to achieve is an opportunity to compete in the last race of the day … the Grand Final. This will be a race where all the dragon boats that can be safely raced together will race one last time and the first across the finish line will be declared: Dragon Boat Champions of the event
The event will finish with our award ceremony where team trophies will be awarded to the Captains of the top three teams and Winner’s Medals to each member of the winning team.