Welsh Dragonboat Championship:

A Fun-Filled Family Festival

The Welsh Dragon Boat Championship 2017


As President of the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland, I’m delighted to invite you to take part in the fourth annual Dragon Boat race which will take place on Sunday 28 May 2017 at Llys-y-Fran Country Park and Reservoir, Pembrokeshire SA63 4RR. You may be aware that Dragon Boat racing originated in ancient China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of the Yangtze River. In more recent times it has become the fastest growing water sport in the world!


Many recipients of this letter will have been involved in some way in previous events over  the last three years. Thank you for your support in raising in excess of £40,000 over that period. We hope to be able to increase that total to £50,000, with your help and participation in the 2017 event. This year we have chosen the charity theme of Mental Health.


Several important changes have been made in response to feedback we received from you:

·         The number of people in each team has been reduced from 17 to 15 making it easier to raise a team

·         The combined entry fee and individual Fund Raising target has been reduced from £65 per head   to

£50 per head

·         Teams will be encouraged and assisted to raise further funds for their chosen charitable cause


For those unfamiliar with Dragon Boat racing it is an activity that requires 14 paddlers and a drummer to beat a steady rhythm. The race organisers provide an experienced helmsman, safety equipment and a safety briefing which is mandatory for all participants. The Boats are raced over distances of 200 metres providing spectacular entertainment. Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 spectators to Llys-y-Fran!


Dragon Boat racing is a great team event combining power, synchronisation, speed and endurance providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy the thrill of competing. The Welsh Dragon Boat Championship 2017 promises to be the best yet and we cordially invite you to join us. It’s a family fun day out. Accompanied children under 16 will enjoy free admission and entertainment all day.

So that means we need you - Organisations, companies, businesses, charities, clubs, schools, or just groups of friends or families to make up the competing teams!

The format for 2017 has changed a little and this is how it will work……

·         You recruit a team of 15 people (mixed or single gender). That’s 14 to paddle the boat plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm. The minimum age for team members is twelve years of age. No previous experience is needed. Full training and safety briefing form part of the event experience  and all the equipment required is provided by “Race the Dragon”, the organisers who are fully qualified in rescue and first aid. Lifejackets are compulsory and a standby boat will be provided in case of emergency. It is, therefore, not essential for participants to be able to swim.


·         Each team will race a minimum of three times with the four fastest teams going forward to the final.


·         Each team member will be asked pay an initial deposit/entry fee of £25 before the end of February 2017 to secure their seat in the boat. By the end of April 2017, an additional donation of £25 per team member will be requested to enable Rotary’s charitable commitments to be satisfied.


·         As a team, we encourage you to raise additional funds for your own chosen charitable cause! We’ll help you achieve this with advertising and website publicity.


·         You may be able to persuade a local company or organisation to sponsor your team for our targeted amount of £750 per Dragon boat. There is a scheme for Sponsors to have their corporate logo printed on the T shirts, provided as part of your package – see below. It will be added to the websites of the Rotary Club and the Welsh Dragon Boat Championship.


·         A Welsh Dragon Boat Information Pack, with a Team registration form will be sent to all teams. Country Park Admission for competitors is FREE and passes will be included in the entry pack.


·         If you choose to, you can bring your own gazebo or tent and set up a “base camp” to view the races.


·         The winning team will receive the Perpetual Dragon Trophy. The “most improved” team will also receive a trophy and there will be a new trophy for team raising the most for charity.


·         Public entry is by programme at £3 for each adult. Accompanying children, under 16 years of age, and race participants go FREE. PARKING and OVERNIGHT CAMPING on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th MAY 2017 are also free of charge.


·         Additional entertainment and fun activities will be available for children. This includes a Bouncy Castle, Giant Slide, and Tea Cup Rides for the small ones and a magician on site. ALL CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT IS FREE OF CHARGE ALL DAY.


·         A marquee, licensed bar, and a selection of food and refreshments will be available on site.


After the event, as in previous years a Presentation Night will be held at Hotel Plas Hyfryd, Narberth. Representatives of the teams and their chosen charitable causes will be invited to attend for cheque presentations and a complimentary buffet. We will maximise press publicity for all the teams, and especially those who raise money for their own nominated charities. Feedback about the event will also be requested by the organisers as a basis for further improvements in 2018

Mary Adams

President Narberth & Whitland Rotary Club 2017


To enter a team -

Please contact - Steve Lewis -       07932 798 910 or email Stephen.lewis54@btinternet.com

To sponsor or to advertise in the event programme –

Please contact - John Hughes -:     01834 842 552 or email John.Hughes@rotarywales.co.uk



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