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Dragon Boat Challenge

Sunday 26th June, Poole Park


Enter a team and take on the challenge to become this year’s ultimate DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONS!

Join SFHT for a fun filled day and race to raise funds for essential services supporting adults with learning and physical disabilities. 

Share the experience with your colleagues & friends and use the opportunity to race against other companies and competitors. Whether you are looking for a team-building exercise, a networking opportunity, to push your competitive limits or just have a fun day out with colleagues or friends, this is how you can achieve it, whilst also raising money for a great cause.


Dragon boats for this event hold up to 17 people, 16 paddlers and 1 drummer but a team can be made up of a minimum of 13 people or a maximum of 20. No experience is required for dragon boat racing and all equipment, instructions & safety training will be provided on the day. All you have to do is turn up and raise some funds!

Details of event

Date: Sunday 26th June

Venue: Poole Park, Dorset

Time: 10am – 4pm

Registration Fee: £400 per team consisting of 17 people - 16 paddlers and 1 drummer per boat, but a team can be made up of a minimum of 12 paddlers & 1 drummer or a maximum of 20 people which includes 3 reserves. Each team will have a minimum of 3 races per team, and a grand final race for the top qualifying teams.

Fundraising Target: As this is a fundraising event we ask if you can raise a minimum of £500 per team which works out at £30 per person in sponsorship.  Competitors can pay this directly to you or you can set  up your own team fundraising page and encourage people to sponsor you or download our sponsorship forms . We just try to encourage everyone to do their best to make the day as worthwhile as possible and there is always a prize for the top fundraising team!

To Register: Fill in our registration form to secure your boat in the race (limited spaces available). An automated email will be sent to you confirming your booking. Once you have entered all your details on our registration form, you can pay online by any major credit card.


What you can expect on the day

  • Registration is 10am and races start 10.30am. You will be given an allocated registration time before the event for time efficiency.
  • Each team is allocated with their own 3 x 3 plot where your team will be based. You can bring your own branded gazebo, tent, pop up banners and decorate your plot as you wish. If you want to make the day more fun you can perhaps think of a fancy dress theme for your boat and dress up accordingly! Or you do have an option to purchase a sturdy erected gazebo on your pitch at a cost of £100.
  • Each team will have a minimum of 3 rounds of racing. Before your first race each team will receive a comprehensive safety briefing with a highly trained DBE helm, going through the different paddle strokes and procedures. The fastest 4 teams will then race in the final at 3pm, the winner of which will receive an engraved glass trophy and first place gold medals and the teams in 2nd and 3rd place will receive silver and bronze medals respectively.
  • Throughout the day - There is something for everyone and plenty going on in between races including food and drink on sale or you can bring a picnic, professional commentary with PA system and music, adult challenges and plenty of kids activities including inflatable assault course, bouncy castle, football shoot out, children’s rides and hook a duck.
  • Spectators - Dragon boat racing is also a popular spectator sport, so bring along friends, family and colleagues to cheer on your team as watching the races is fun.







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