Dragon Boat Racing
Release the Dragon!
The Dragon Boat Race is the fourth event in the London Corporate Decathlon. This event forms part of the Social Series along with the Olympic Quiz and Darts.
The Sport: Dragon Boat Racing has ancient Chinese origins and its history has been traced back more than 2000 years. The first participants were superstitious Chinese villagers who celebrated the 5th day of the 5th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Racing was held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity - and the object of their worship was the dragon. The dragon of Asia has traditionally been a symbol of water. It is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains.
The Challenge: Each team will take part in 2 time trials on the water. The fastest teams will be put forward to a final race. Your abs will be aching after the event, not from the effort of rowing but from the amount of laughing as this event is seriously fun!
Teams of 10 will compete in heats with overall best times counting towards the knock out stages, each team will get at least two races.
Each team is aiming to achieve their personal best time across the two races. The six best placed teams from the time trials will go through to a Grand Final
Tube: The nearest tube station is Crossharbour which is on the DLR line. It takes approx 15 minutes to walk to the venue from the station.
Bus: For those travelling into Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line, the D3 or D7 buses go from outside the main tower to directly outside the venue.
Car Parking: Free parking is available in the centre and on the slipway opposite. Please do not park on the brow of the hill or on the approach roads to the estates. Don’t forget vehicles should be secured and valuables kept out of sight in the boot
Located in the heart of London’s Docklands at the west end of Millwall outer dock, the Centre is based in an award winning purpose built facility with great views from the upstairs bar over the dock, and wet facilities downstairs. The Docklands Sail & Watersports Centre is a Royal Yachting Association recognised training centre which delivers courses in Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboating under the RYA scheme. British Canoe Union courses in paddlesports are also offered. The centre offers a number of activities for children and adults including the The DSWC Youth Afloat program which has been running for 10 Years, and has to date provided over 12000 places for children to access water sports. The program is primarily funded through the fund raising activities of the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre Trust and also the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation
Spectators and children are welcome. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times
Non-swimmers are able to take part if they are water confident. All participants will be required to wear a buoyancy aid.
Event organisers can be contacted on their mobile on the day and evening of the event;
Serena Hobson: 07703 194 435
Jules Lancastle: 07968 049 177