Annual Dragon Boat Challenge

Details of our fantastic annual Dragon Boat Challenge! Put next year's event in your diary now - Sunday 24th May 2020!

Dare you take the Dragon Boat Challenge ?
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 This is the 'flagship' charity event for the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club and one that everybody involved in really enjoys. It is held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday Sunday in May and races run throughout the day over a short course of 250 Metres of Basin No 2 in Chatham Maritime.

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 2019 saw the winners lift a magnificent trophy and contributed to over £13,000 raised for charity.

In 2020 we aim to make the 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 for more details.

Why not get a flavour of all of the fun of the event by clicking on here for a short video?