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Dragon Boat Race - 3rd July in aid of local Charities

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Published 13:48 on 12 May 2022

Dragon Boat Racing is an exciting way of motivating and integrating people in teams while having a lot of fun. It's a great platform for team building, whilst most importantly raising funds for local charities, and contributing to the local community.

There is plenty of room for supporters to view the colourful and exciting races and there will be supporting activities and food vendors to add to a fun atmosphere for the teams and supporters.

To add to the fun, teams are encouraged to come in fancy dress (Pirates, Smurfs, Vikings, etc) and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed teams!

There will be a professional race commentator and the day will conclude with a prize giving ceremony.

Get a Team Together
You will need to get together a team of between 13 and 20 paddlers plus a drummer. A maximum of 16 paddlers form the boat crew for each race. Crew members can be all shapes and sizes, male and female. There is no upper limit but you should be reasonably fit and not suffering from asthma, heart problems etc.
Nominate a Team Leader

We have found that the best way to run your team is to nominate a crew captain. This person will be a good organiser and happy to manage the process as well as being the main point of contact with the Dragon Boat Challenge organiser. This person can choose to race in the boat or simply be the organiser.

Choose a Name and Costume!

You need to choose a name for your team, this will be used in all team materials and tannoy announcements when you win a race! To add to the fun, we encourage teams to choose a theme and costume and to come in fancy dress! Previous teams have come dressed as pirates, smurfs, vikings and St. Trinian's (a prize will be awarded to the best dressed team.)

Entry Costs

Teams pay an entry fee of £495 which is normally split between the participants (approx. £25 each). The organisers should attempt to find a corporate sponsor(s) to fund the entry fee for Young Dragons teams.


Each participant is expected to raise a minimum of £75 PER PERSON (£40 for Young Dragons) from their own sponsors. The net proceeds of the event will be divided between CancerWise and charities supported by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory. The most effective way to manage your sponsorship is online via JustGiving.

Individual sponsorship pages can be set up via the JustGiving Campaign Page or simply search for 'Chichester Dragon Boats' on JustGiving.

We have found that Just Giving is not the easiest platform to connect your team pages too (we will review this next year). However for this year we suggest doing ONE of the following:

1. Create a new JustGiving account and make a regular fundraising page (an individuals page) and list your team names in the story section. Choose a web address that reflects your team name, you could also update the name in the account to reflect your team name.

2. Get each individual paddler to connect to our JustGiving event page.

Your pages should automatically appear in our page.

Any queries, please message us.

The Races

Each team will participate in 3 races with the possibility of some additional races to decide class winners. The smaller your team the more races you will have to take part in. Save your fittest members for all 3 races!

Full instructions, safety briefings, advice and a detailed programme for the day will be provided to all teams closer to the event.

On Water Management

The on water management and running of all race activities will be in the very capable and experienced hands of Dragon Boat Events Ltd. They are the UK's No. 1 dragon boat event company and have worked successfully with many Rotary Clubs over the past 15 years. They meet all the required operating standards, including public liability insurance. The company provides all the boats and equipment required, as well as professionally qualified event staff, including a qualified helmsman for each boat.

Last updated 13:48 on 12 May 2022

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