Sunday  12th September 2021

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Competitors and charities alike will be delighted to know that permission has been given (subject to unforeseen COVID updates), for the 2021 Chester Dragon Boat Festival to take place on Sunday 12th September 2021.  


In order to help reduce competitor numbers on site, this year there will be two smaller events events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Both events will have the same race content as previous years, but with faster race turn around between races, each event will last around 3.5 hours and be limited to a maximum of sixteen teams per event.



Each team will have three qualifying heats and the Grand Final will comprise the teams with the fastest single best times from their qualifying heats .


The morning event will be our traditional 'Open Festival' format, with team's being able to nominate their own charity.  


The afternoon event will just be a 'Charity Partner's' event for our four festival charities:



  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Trust, based on the Wirral


  • Claire House Children's Hospice, who are also based on the Wirral


  • Nightingale Hospice, who are based in Wrexham


  • Hope House Children's Hospice, who are based just outside Wrexham





13:15   -   Site opens for teams to drop off kit

13:15   -   Registration open

13:25   -   Registration closes

14:30   -   Welcome and festival introduction

14:03   -   Team photo-shoots to begin

14:38   -   Start of Race 1

15:25   -   Start of Race 2

16:10   -   Start of Race 3

16:40   -   End of Qualifying Heats

17:10   -   Grand Final Race

17:20   -   Award ceremony and prize giving

17:30   -   Festival End

MORNING Event Plan


08:45   -   Site opens for teams to drop off kit

08:45   -   Registration open

09:25   -   Registration closes

09:30   -   Welcome and festival introduction

09:33   -   Team photo-shoots to begin

10:08   -   Start of Race 1

10:55   -   Start of Race 2

11:40   -   Start of Race 3

12:10   -   End of Qualifying Heats

12:40   -   Grand Final Race

12:45   -   Award ceremony and prize giving

12:55   -   Festival End

Team registrations and payments will all be done online via the event registration system.


For safety reasons, only competitors who have had their COVID vaccinations will be allowed to compete.  


The team registration system also generates a unique link for the team Captain to then send to their team members so each can complete their safety paperwork prior to the event.  



This then enables us to:


(1) Individually register competitors on the day (part of which will require sight of each competitor’s vaccination certificate)


(2) Have a complete check list of all competitors in the event of an incident that requires an event site evacuation


(3) Have emergency contact details for all competitors should it ever become necessary.

Team registration via the button at the top of the page