2020 Nottingham Dragon Boat Challenge Entry Details


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 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. 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

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

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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.

Crew gazebos

3m x 3m crew gazebos with 12 chairs – £200 + vat (view booking form)

Crew clothing

A selection of team clothing is available from our official supplier, Print4Business
http://www.dragonboatclothingshop.deco-apparel.com Tel 01733 568051

Charity sponsorship

All crews are encouraged to raise money for the Challenge charity Rainbows using the on-line giving information and/or sponsor forms provided. All the fees from standard entries go towards the costs of running the event. Rainbows benefits only from sponsorship money raised, or from gold and silver entries.

Top fundraisers’ prize

The team raising the most money for Rainbows will be awarded the charity trophy and a premiere escape room experience. Escapologic gives players an immersive hour where your team must solve puzzles, complete tasks of a mental and physical nature and communicate effectively in order to escape. With branches in Nottingham and Leicester, each location has multiple rooms to choose from which are sure to satisfy everyone’s tastes. The prize of three Golden Tickets will allow up to 15 people (5 per room) to play at any available time Monday – Thursday at either location. Tel 0115 837 4840 www.escapologic.com 

Souvenir programme

Souvenir programme advertising – 1/4, 1/2 and full page available (view booking form)