This is the 'flagship' charity event for the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club and one that everybody involved in really enjoys. It is normally held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday Sunday which in 2024 is on Sunday 26th May 2024 and races run throughout the day over a short course of 250 Metres of Basin No 2 in Chatham Maritime finishing at the Water Sports Centre.
The Dragon boats are forty foot long, elaborately decorated, Chinese war canoes with a dragon's head and tail attached. You provide 16 "volunteers" to paddle a boat plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm for everyone to paddle to (which everyone tends to ignore!).
Teams seek sponsorship for their efforts in aid of our charities and can nominate 50% to a charity of their choice.
All the teams that enter each year have a brilliant time and provide a fantastic spectacle for the thousands of spectators who throng the side of Basin 2 to cheer on their favourite team and to enjoy the wide range of food and drink available at the Food and Drink Festival. A close run finish between the top six fastest teams in 2023 saw the winners lift a magnificent trophy and contributed over £20,000 raised for charity.
There are also corporate packages available to promote your company or just to take part in a brilliant team building day! We aim to make the 2024 event even bigger and more successful for all taking part and already a great deal of interest has been expressed in entering teams.
See the other pages listed to the right hand side for more details - go on enter a team! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Why not get a flavour of all of the fun of the event by clicking here for a short video?
more Its back -are you up for it? Now in its 9th year and over £95,000 raised for charity in that time! (1 page below this)
more Want to promote your company or organisation at our premier fund raising event of the year? Corporate team packages, advertising and more.
more Want to have a go at beating the course record? - look out for the entry forms for this year's Dragon Boat Challenge
more Have you expressed an interest in entering yet?
more Everything you need to enter this year's Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 26th May 2024.
more All the winners and their times from previous year's Dragon Boat Challenges - can you get in the Hall of Fame this year and beat the fastest time ?
more Yes we are busy planning for this year's Charity Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 28th May 2023 - details of the event can be found here and you can find the entry forms etc. on the related pages. Come and join us! (9 pages below this)
more Our popular, colourful and enjoyable Charity Dragon Boat Challenge is back on Sunday 5th June 2022! Entry forms and full details are now out - join us for a great fun day. Email email@example.com for details!
more Its Back - Bigger and Better ! (5 pages below this)
more Update on this year's Dragon Boat Challenge
more Regretfully we have had to cancel the 2020 Dragon Boat Challenge BUT read on .......
more Some good news though !
more Entry Forms are now available elsewhere on this site but see here for a summary of what it is all about - come and join us this year - it is great fun!
more Are you ready to play a part in this year's Medway Sunlight Rotary Club Charity Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 24th May, as part of the Chatham Maritime Trust Three Day Food & Drink Festival?
more We produce 4500 copies of a high quality, colour programme that is delivered to every house on St Mary's Island and given away to thousands of spectators on the day.
more Be sure to email us your expression of interest form to ensure that you are amongst the first to receive the entry form !
more 2019 Dragon Boat Challenge another success! Fancy a go in 2020?
more The Entry Forms and information for this year's Challenge will be sent out before the end of January and also be posted on this website - get your form back quickly to be in this year's races!
more Just a few from Sunday's event to wet your appetite until we have gathered the rest - do you have any that you would like to share with us?
more Find out how your team managed in their three timed heats to decide on the top 12 to progress to the finals
more A very close 6 boat final race saw Team GBE win by under half a second from Medway Rowers - well done to both of them and to all the teams that took part!
more We have a few items left behind at the Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday - are they yours?
more Details of all winning tickets in our Grand Dragon Draw 2019
more Copy of the Captain's pack which has been sent to all registered Team Captains - contains sponsor forms, team registration, flag details and lots more.
more With the kind help of Mid Kent College students we are pleased to present a short video of last year's fun - this year's event will be even bigger and better!
more Our ever popular and growing Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 26th May 2019 - find out how to enter here
more UPDATED - more pictures added - spot your team in action!
more The 2018 Dragon Boat Challenge ended in another great final race between the top 6 fastest teams from the heats.
more 26 teams will be thrashing it out on the water on Sunday 27th May 2018 - why? - for fun, for the bragging rights of being the winner and of course to raise funds for Charity !
more See the winners of both the President's Trophy for the Minor final and for the Clive Lawrence Memorial Trophy for the Main Final
more Our thanks to KMTV for inviting us into their studio today to talk about the Dragon Boat Challenge
more All the winning tickets from yesterday's very successful Dragon Draw at the Dragon Boat Challenge. Thank you so much to all those generous people and businesses that donated prizes and to everyone who bought tickets.
more For all those stat nuts out there - here are all the times of all the teams in the three heats - fastest 12 went into the finals.
more A map of the site showing where to register, team village etc
more All the information sent to Captains to help them press gang their crews!
more 26 teams will be battling it out on the water between 10:30 and 4:30pm on 27th May 2018 in aid of charity - see who is taking part and come on down to cheer them on !
more All final race positions and times together with photos will be posted as soon as possible!
more NEWS! Application forms and details of the 5th Anniversary Charity Dragon Boat Challenge have now been released - links to everything you need to enter are given below. Have a look at this short video for a flavour of the fun!
more Spot your team in action or just enjoy the fun of the day in pictures.
more Results of the 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge
more Many thanks to everyone who supported us by buying Draw Tickets to help raise money for Rotary Children's Hospice Holidays and other Rotary supported charities.
more Planning for our fourth annual Dragon Boat Challenge is well under way - keep checking here for new information.
more The list of teams taking part in this coming Sunday's Dragon Boat Challenge has been published.
more The Dragon Boat Challenge is mentioned as a main attraction in this article in this week's What's On.
more Entry forms for our fourth annual Charity Dragon Boat Challenge are now out and can be downloaded here.
more All the forms and information sent to the Captains of our 30 teams ready for the big day.
more see how your team got on
more photos from a fantastic day!
more What a day! early images of another fantastic event
more The winning numbers and prizes
more All the information you need as we approach this year's great event!
more All of the information sent out to Captains of this year's 30 teams
more All the news and pictures of our second Annual Dragon Boat Challenge (4 pages below this)
more Details of our first ever Dragon Boat Challenge (1 page below this)
more Some early thoughts on the great Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday May 25th (3 pages below this)
more Details of the prize winners in our magnificant Dragon Draw