Race to enter Dragon Boat event


Organisers of the annual Dragon Boat Festival held on the River Witham are looking for teams to enter.

The event takes place at Witham Way Country Park on Sunday, August 14.

The races are run throughout the day over a competition length course of around 200 metres – which works out to around one minute of hard aerobic paddling per race.

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

Crews comprise of up to 10 paddlers, plus a drummer.

A 12th person in the boat will be the dragon boat instructor who will steer.

Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and organisations may enter more than one crew.

The minimum age is 16 and no previous experience of dragon boat racing is required.

All crew members must be confident in cold water conditions, in light clothing and in moving water and compete entirely at their own risk.

The entry fee is £400 per team and each team member is also encouraged to raise money through individual sponsorship. Entry deadline is Friday, July 22.

For more information call 0845 293 0897 or email events@RaceTheDragon.com