Crews comprise up to 10 paddlers plus a drummer – squads may be larger (max 15 persons). Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and organisations may enter more than one crew. The minimum age is 16 and no previous experience of dragon boat racing is required. All crew members must be confident in cold water conditions, wearing light clothing and in moving water and compete entirely at their own risk. BDA Qualified helms, buoyancy aids and water safety cover are provided by the organisers.
Gable Events is an approved operator of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA) and the Festival will hold a BDA Race Permit. All crews accepted for entry must abide with the competition rules and the entry details shown on this form. Each crew is guaranteed a minimum of 3 races (subject to conditions).
Entry categories and fees
Gold’ and ‘Silver’ entry categories give teams additional benefits to the ‘Standard’ entry and are designed to help companies to increase their profile at the Festival whilst raising funds for Rainbows. All the entry fees from standard entries go towards the costs of running the event: Rainbows benefits only from sponsorship raised or from gold and silver entries.
Standard Entry – £520 + vat.
Silver Entry – £1,580 + vat inc £500 donation to Rainbows (standard team entry plus company name and/or logo on each side of one of the dragon boats, presentation team photo and acknowledgment on the Festival website, in the souvenir programme and commentary)
Gold Entry – £2,290 + vat inc £750 donation to Rainbows (silver entry plus crew marquee with chairs and full page advert in the souvenir programme)
Please note, there is a 3% surcharge if paying by credit card Tel 01780 470718
Will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. No refunds will be given once an entry has been accepted and there can be no refund if the Festival or racing has to be cancelled due to conditions outside the control of Gable Events.
Small marquees (3m x 3m units) with chairs are available for crews to hire Tel 01780 470718 for details and prices
A complete selection of team clothing and merchandise, embroidered or printed with your name/logo, is available from our official clothing supplier Total Clothing Tel 01733 394758
Official sponsorship forms and Just Giving information will be supplied with your entry form and all forms giving evidence of sponsorship money raised must be handed in to Race Control before your crew’s first race. All crews are encouraged to raise money for the official festival charity.
Top fundraisers’ prize
The team raising the most money for Rainbows Hospice will be awarded the charity trophy and enjoy a prize lunch meal at Forty Four Bridgford, an independent cocktail bar & kitchen in Nottingham with a passion for quality. Enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner or cocktails in a relaxed environment. With a late night bar on a Friday and Saturday you can party until the early hours of 2am. A versatile private function room upstairs with private bar is available for hire for special events accommodating up to 120 people standing and 45 seated.
Souvenir programme advertising – 1/4, 1/2 and full page available. Price and details on application. Tel 01780 470718