About the day:

Racing will be over a course of 200 meters and each team will have a minimum three timed races where their single fastest time only will count for Grand Final qualification. What this means is, even if two of your races are both disasters, one great time is still all you need to be in with a good chance of going through to the Grand Final race.

Before each team's first race, teams will be given a safety briefing and also instruction on the technique used. One person paddling a canoe - simple. Up to sixteen people paddling a dragon boat together ... not so simple.

Team work is vital if a fast time is going to be achieved and for this reason, the instructors will also give 'on the water' training to help with technique. Over the distance we race, fitness is not a key factor - technique however is. So it does not matter if your team is made up of just 12 paddlers or the full 16, because it's a team sprint where team work and timing is everything. What you will be aiming to achieve is an opportunity to compete in the last race of the day ... the Grand Final. This is a race where all the dragon boats that can be safely raced together will race one last time and first across will be declared: Dragon Boat Champions of Chester 2018.

The event will finish with our award ceremony where team trophies will be awarded to the Captain's of the top three teams and Winner's Meadals to each member of the winning team. It's a brilliant day out. (To see the write-up from the 2017 event,either scroll over "Past" in the menu or click here.)

Charity of the Year

A proportion of all entry fee from teams entering via the corporate route will go to our Charity of the Year which for 2018 is The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Based on the Wirral near Bebington, the hospital is dedicated to providing outstanding cancer care to around 27,000 patients each year at their centre in Wirral, their satellite radiotherapy centre in Aintree and at their network of chemotherapy units in local hospitals across the region.

The money raised helps the hospital to offer the most up to date treatment, support vital research, treat patients with world class equipment and provide life-changing support services that would otherwise be unavailable.

Festival Sponsors:

The organisers of the festival would like to thank the following company's for their help in supporting the 2017 festival:

 Teams in the 2018 Chester Dragon Boat Festival