Get set for Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Boston Dragon Boat Festival 2013
Boston Dragon Boat Festival 2013

Amateur and professional rowers across the town are getting ready for a roaring time on the Witham next month.

The Boston Dragon Boat festival is set to take place on Sunday, August 10, when teams from businesses will compete in several heats to see who comes out on top.

The event is open to everyone and the crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m course, watched by crowds of spectators.

Crews comprise 8-10 paddlers plus a drummer, although squads may be larger.

Crews can be mixed, all-female or all-male and organisations may enter more than one crew. The minimum age is 16 years and no previous experience of dragon boat racing is required.

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival is part of 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.

Last year, just under £8,000 was raised for charity and more than £20,000 has been raised over the three years the event has run.

The charities this year are the Pilgrim Heart and Lung Fund, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, The Samaritans and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

To find out more about the festival visit, telephone 07929 717846 or email