Sign up for the 2018 Bath Dragon Boat Race

The Bath Dragon Boat Race is Approaching!

Sunday 9th September – Bath Riverside – 1030hrs start

Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! Up to 11 people will paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer up front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!

We are delighted to be hosting The Bath Dragon Boat Race after the fantastic success of the event in 2017. We will again be partnering with Gable Events to this year raise money in support of Mountain Way. The event is open to everyone and the crews will battle it out over the 200m course, watched by crowds of spectators.

There is  a whole day’s racing, with round robin heats followed by semi finals and final. Even if you bow out gracefully early on you are going to get an least 3 attempts to beat the other teams.

All set within the great City Of Bath, why not come down on the Saturday and make a weekend of it.

So grab your paddles and get involved!

Entry includes:

  • Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment.
  • At least three races per crew.
  • Trophy for the winning crew and medals for the top three crews.


Entry details


Crews must comprise of 8-10 paddlers plus a drummer – squads may be larger. Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and you are able to enter more than one crew. After all, doesn’t everyone like a bit of friendly competition? You must be 16 or over to take part but no previous experience of dragon boat racing is required.

Qualified helms, buoyancy aids and water safety cover are provided by the organisers.

Entry Donation

The entry donation per dragon boat is £500. Crews may have less than 11 people but there are no reductions for crews of less than 11.

Charity Sponsorship

Once you have paid your entry donation, we ask that each crew / individual tries to raise as much money as possible with an additional £600 as a minimum whole crew requirement. Official sponsor forms will be supplied with your entry confirmation and all forms and money must be handed in to Race Control before your crew’s first race of the day.


What you’ll be raising money for

All the funds you raise will help to fund Mountain Way which helps military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Now for the important small print

Gable Events

Gable Events provides high quality, value-for-money activities tailored to the individual needs of their clients. They are the UK’s leading dragon boat operator and specialise in events for motivation, team building and fun.


Gable Events is an approved operator of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA) and the Challenge will be run under BDA Festival Rules and hold a BDA Race Permit. All crews accepted for entry must abide by the competition rules and the entry details shown on this form. Each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races (subject to weather conditions).



Will be accepted on a first come, first served basis with a full donation. No refunds will be given once an entry has been accepted and there can be no refund if the event or racing has to be cancelled due to conditions outside the control of the event organisers.

any questions? please email


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