Dragon boat racing at Arundel Festival photo credit Charlie Waring


Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, Dragon Boat Racing returns this year to the River Arun. Racing will start at 10am and run throughout the day until 4pm when awards will be presented by Duchess of Norfolk.  (Times are subject to change depending on the tide times.)

This year we’re pleased to associate ourselves with Home-Start Arun as our chosen charity for this event.

For those new to this event, Dragon boating is a fun filled, adrenaline pumping, water sports activity.  Crews of up to 16 paddlers compete in professionally-helmed Dragon Boats, racing along the River Arun in a number of heats and culminating in a knock-out tournament.  The race is a great event that gives companies, clubs, organisations and other groups the opportunity to put teams together to race in boats and raise money for charity.

No previous experience is necessary as a full briefing and training session will take place on the day.  The event is managed by Dragon Boat Events who are the UK’s leading Dragon Boat event provider.

As the race takes place during the Arundel Festival, it makes for a great day out for friends and families.  Throughout the town there’s a fantastic range of events taking place including live music, street entertainment, theatre, comedy, art displays, performance car rides, street food, etc. – the majority of which are totally free.  In 2016 we won Sussex Life’s Festival of the Year so you can be assured of having a good time.

The cost to enter a team starts at £450 and there are a number of sponsorship packages available. Teams can consist of up to 17 people on the boat at a time (minimum of 13 people on the boat), including one drummer. The minimum age for a crew member is 13 years, but all crew members must be strong enough to row the boat.

More information and an entry form are available to download here.
You will also need to supply crew details using the crew application form here.

Spaces are limited so please ensure you register as soon as possible.

If you would like any other information about the event, please contact Graham on 01903 883377 or email graham@arundelfestival.co.uk