Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is an ancient, exhilarating and fun sport that is a truly excellent team building activity, as it requires competitors to listen carefully, learn quickly and work as a team 

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A BIT OF HISTORY

 

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 and is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains.

EVENT FORMAT

 

The dragon boats will be manned by up to 18 paddlers. With groups split into teams of between 4 and 18 and the roles of team leaders and team names agreed upon. 

 

Our main helmsman will provide a full safety briefing and then before the first race the crews will be given an ‘on the shore’ training session. 

 

Team captains will receive a waterside briefing on the race format, the course and any specific details that are unique to your event. It will then be their responsibility to accurately pass on this information to their teams ready for racing. 

 

Teams will be assigned a helm and a boat and join with other teams to form an 18-man crew. 

 

Each boat will then set off on a training run during which they will be instructed on the basic techniques of racing. This will involve working as a team, leadership, co-ordination and most importantly listening to and obeying the helmsman’s commands.

THE RACE's

 

A 200 metre course will be set up ready for the races to start and after the teamwork session is completed, the boats will line up at the start line and the race control boat will signal..... 

 

“TEAM'S ARE YOU READY ? ...  ATTENTION  ….  GO !! ” 

 

The race is then on and the crews will battle it out to the finish line. 

 

Several races will then follow, before the teams head to shore for a well-earned rest whilst the next crews embark and take to the water for their races. 

 

Teams will be mixed up during the day to race against new opposition experiencing new helmsman and boats. 

 

Group members unable to race can, where possible, take to the safety boat to encourage and take some action pictures or be at the finish line to encourage their team members and snap some more fun shots. 

RESULTS & PRIZE GIVING

The final scores on the doors and overall team positions will be announced and prizes, along with braggers rights, given to the winning team. 

 

Prizes are also available for best paddler and most popular team leader.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SAFETY

The safety of participants is paramount to us and we provide:

Safety briefs : Safety boat : Experienced Helms : Buoyancy Aids : Trained Staff

Options for non swimmers : First aiders & equipment : Risk Assessments : £5m Public Liability

VENUES

We can run this event at our lake in Wraysbury and a number of alternative venues that include:

River Thames (multiple locations) : Crowne Plaza (Marlow) : Monkey Island (Maidenhead)

 

In addition, we are able to run dragon boat racing events at any suitable venue, should you have access to one that is more suitable to your location and needs 

Teambuilding @ WRAYSBURY LAKE

© Orange Tree Events Ltd 2020

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