Pad­dle your way to fit­ness through wa­ters of the dock

Team reg­is­tra­tion opens for the ‘most pres­ti­gious’ dragon boat com­pe­ti­tion in Europe

The Wharf - - Life - To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion go to drag­onboat­fes­ti­ Jon Massey

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

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