Registrations for this year’s Bath Dragon Boat Race on Sunday 8th September, being held at Bath Riverside, are now open, raising vital funds for two charities.
The fundraising event, now in its third year, will see teams go head to head in a series of heats in front of crowds of spectators to see who will be crowned top dragons.
Each crew of up to 11 members, to include a drummer to keep everyone in time, will paddle at least three 200m courses in a traditional 30’ dragon boat.
Everyone who participates in the Bath Dragon Boat Race will have the choice of two charities to support:
- Designability, based in Bath, who design products and technology that help people living with disabilities or long-term health conditions, or;
- Mountain Way, who assist UK military veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with peer-to-peer support programmes.
Crews will be able to choose to raise funds for both charities if they wish to.
Fiona Cromwell, marketing officer for Designability, said: “We have already had several teams come forward to register for boats, many of which have taken part before and are excited to participate again.
“It would be great to get lots of local businesses, community groups and family and friends coming together to get involved. We can’t promise you won’t get a bit wet, but we can promise you’ll have a great time!”
Each crew member has to be 16 and over but no previous experience is necessary – just plenty of team spirit.
You may enter more than one crew for a bit of added competition. Fancy dress is optional, but is being encouraged by organisers.
The dragon boats, qualified helms and all equipment will be supplied by Gable Events, the company who will be co-ordinating the racing on the day.
The entry fee per boat is £500, and crews are then asked to raise a minimum of £600 in sponsorship to support Designability or Mountain Way.