Paddle your way to fitness through waters of the dock
Team registration opens for the ‘most prestigious’ dragon boat competition in Europe
Looking for a fresh fitness target now the London Marathon has passed by? Perhaps a more team-orientated activity would fit the bill. Registration for the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2016 has just opened and there’s plenty of time to get up to speed.
Taking place on Sunday, June 26, the contest will see up to 40 club, corporate and amateur teams battle it out on the Royal Docks in competition for four cups.
A spokesman for the festival said: “The event is now firmly established as one of the capital’s most exciting cross-cultural sporting festivals.
“With a reputation as Europe’s most prestigious dragon boat festival, it draws visitors from across the UK and overseas.”
Organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club, the festival is in its 21st year and attracts around 10,000 people to Docklands.
Open to athletes and teams of all abilities, the races offer plenty of action for spectators to enjoy for free while a food festival offering cuisine from south-east Asia provides sustenance for competitors and supporters alike.
All proceeds from teams entering go to the Lions’ nominated charities with further support coming from The Hong Kong Executives Club, The London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre and the Hong Kong Economic And Trade Office.
The event is based at the London Regatta Centre in Dockside Road and runs from 10am-6pm with the final race taking place at 5.30pm.
Teams can select between 12 and 16 paddlers and a single drummer for each race with a maximum of 20 squad members. Safety briefings for team members will be provided on the day from 8.30am.
Competitors take part in last year’s festival in Royal Docks