About the day:
The Festival will be held on the River Dee at Sandy Lane, Chester (nearest post code CH3 5UL) an das parking in the area is very limited, public transport is highly recommended.
Dragon boating is quick to pick up, progressive in nature and so ideal for both experienced crew and complete novices alike. All teams were be required to be on site and to have completed registration by 09:55 ready for the opening ceremony at 10:00.
During the course of Round 1, each team will be called up for their photo shoot, followed by their safety briefing. All team members are required to attend a safety briefing (even if they are not racing in the first race). If any team member is late arriving, they can attend another team's safety briefing. Once the briefing has been completed, the team members at that briefing will be issued with Race the Dragon wrist bands and only people wearing these wrist bands were allowed into the dragon boats.
Once loaded, our instructors will give you further 'on the water' training so that by the time teams get to the start and lined up for their first race, they will have a very good idea on what is required. By Race 2 and having now watched all the other teams, times will usually start to improve and by Race 3, first timers and returning teams should now be competing on equal footing. That means that until the final qualifying race had been completed, the qualifiers for the Grand Final will not known for sure.
Grand Final qualification is always based on each team's single fastest time and the number of competitors in the final is always determined by the number dragon boats available to race (in other words, you only need just ONE good race to be in with a chance of being in the final). The Grand Final is a race where the best from the day will all race together one last time, where first across the line wins the competition. The Grand Final is expected to take place around 4pm and is the only time where all the dragons are raced together and so makes the best photo opportunity.
The day will finish just afer 4pm with our Award Ceremony where the Lord Mayor of Chester (or some other Civic Head) will be attending to present prizes.