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The All Important Safety Information

The Totnes Dragon Boat Challenge is open to all. Previous experience of Dragon Boat Racing is not necessary to enter a crew, but all crew members must be confident in cold water whilst wearing a life jacket. The minimum age for competitors is 18 years.  

All competitors must wear a buoyancy aid (provided by the event organisers), be entered on a Crew List, signed an Acknowledgement of Risk Form and had a safety briefing before they race, to validate their crew’s public liability insurance cover.

Please download a Crew Managers  Information Pack here.

General Information


Equipment - All boats, necessary equipment for racing and buoyancy vests are supplied. Competitors can only use the paddles provided by the organisers. Wax or similar substances are not permitted to be used on paddles, gloves and/or boat seats or parts.


Race Results - All race results, apart from the semi-finals and final, will be based on times. Each crew will receive three races, conditions permitting, and their fastest two times will count. The crews with the fastest times go through to the semi-finals. From the semi-finals, the winning crews and the fastest loser(s) will proceed to the Grand Final in three boat races.


Boats & Race Course - Each crew will get the opportunity to race in a different boat and racing lane in each heat to ensure complete fairness. The race distance is approximately 200m.

Prizes - The sponsor name Dragon Boat Race trophy will be awarded to the overall winning crew and medals will be presented to the top three crews. The sponsor name Dragon Boat Challenge Charity Trophy will be awarded to the team raising the most sponsorship money overall.

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