Sunday 13th September 2020

The Tees Dragon Boat Festival is coming.  It’s a fun filled family day out with gripping, adrenalin fuelled dragon boat racing on the River Tees to include landside attractions for the whole family.

Where is the event?

The River Tee’s Water Sports Centre
The Slipway, North Shore
Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2NL

How it works

Dragon Boating is great fun and ideal for complete novices as no previous experience is necessary. It’s quick to pick up and suitable for almost all ages and abilities, with all instructions given on the day.

Teams can range from 11 – 20 people in size, with a maximum of 17 team members (8 x pairs of paddlers plus the team drummer) competing in any one race (all teams must have a drummer). Each team will have a minimum three timed races where your single fastest time only will count for Grand Final qualification and as the racing will be over a sprint distance of just 200 meters, it makes little difference if a novice team is made up of just six pairs, seven pairs or the full eight pairs of paddlers.

The Grand Final will be a race to the finish where all the dragon boats that can be safely raced together will race one last time and the first team across the line will be declared: Dragon Boat Champions of Tees 2020.

The festival will end with our award ceremony where specially engraved trophies are awarded to the captain’s of the top three teams and winners’ medals to each member of the winning crew.

Have you got what it takes to “Race the Dragon” and be crowned champions of the Tees Dragon Boat Festival 202?

Provisional event timings:

09:15 – Team registration at RTD Event Control to open.

09:45 All teams to have completed registration

10:00 – Event start, with a welcome and brief overview of the day, followed by a call-up for the first teams.

10:33 – Heat 1 race due to run.
Heat 2
Heat 3

15:30 – 16:00 GRAND FINAL (the actual Grand Final time depending on the number of teams racing)

Around 10 mins after the Grand Final finishes, presentations, speeches, & photos, with the Event End once all speeches and presentations have been completed.


What does it cost?

Entry for a charity team is £500.00 (£416.67 + vat), which can be secured with a minimum £100 deposit.  For a team consisting of 20 people, that works out at just £25 per person to do a totally unique day’s activity involving, team work, challenge, exciting competition and above all else… fantastic FUN.

What does the cost cover?

  • Team entry for the day (with qualified instructors)
  • A minimum of 3 qualifying races, with the opportunity to go through to the Grand Final
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places
  • ‘Challenge Races’ – we can place you against friends, colleagues or business competitors in your own race – just challenge them to take a boat also.
  • All safety briefings and equipment
  • FREE parking
  • Lots happening landside (keep an eye out for announcements)
  • FREE Entry for participants and guests – bring the family and make a day of it

Who can enter?

Companies – an ideal team building and local PR experience for your company

Charities, Sports Teams and other Groups – Why not use the event to raise funds for your good causes?

Friends and Family – Well, you get the idea…. Just for fun or again raise some money for a good cause.

Anyone over 16 yrs to make up 16 paddlers plus one on the drum.

What do I do next?!

Once we have your entry fee (or deposit of £100) you are in and we will forward you more details in the build up about the day itself.

Race the Dragon will organise the day, you just need to turn up and have fun.

For more information please get in touch.

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Are you ready to “Race The Dragon” on the River Tees?

And for as little as £25.00 each for a whole day's fun!