Team Information

Teamwork is everything in dragon boat racing. A perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a stronger, but less coordinated team. Dragon boat racing is a great sport for men and women of all ages and athletic ability.


  • Teams are comprised of 20 paddlers and a drummer, plus a steersperson (provided by the race for each boat). Each team can include up to four additional alternates on the team roster. All paddlers must be age 14 or older.
  • Paddles, personal flotation devices (PFDs) and other equipment are provided to each team member age 18 and older; however, paddlers can wear their own PFD. Paddlers age 14 to 18 must provide their own PFDs.
  • Boat practices for local teams will be held prior to race day.
  • All team members must sign a waiver prior to practice sessions

The Races

  • Our course is approximately 250 meters.
  • Every team is guaranteed three races.
  • Teams are expected to arrive one hour prior to the first qualifying race at 10 a.m. Racing can sometimes get ahead or fall slightly behind schedule; therefore, all team members are encouraged to stay in the park throughout race day.
  • Opening ceremonies will follow the completion of time trials, and a hospice remembrance ceremony will occur mid-afternoon.
  • Detailed race schedules will be sent to team captains one week before race day.

Team Captains

  • Each team must have a captain. Review the Organize Your Team tips for a list of captain duties and tips for a successful team.
  • The race will communicate regularly with team captains. Team captains are responsible for communicating with their teammates.

Registration and Fees

  • Community team registration will be open March 1-31. Teams will be selected by lottery on April 1.
  • Following selection in the lottery, teams will have 15 days to complete registration, identify team members and submit the registration fee.
  • Team registration fee is $1,000. Registration fee is nonrefundable.
  • Registration fee includes a minimum of three races on race day and t-shirts for all team members. In addition, all registered teams will receive one free practice session prior to race day.

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