Dragon Boating-

how does it work?


The most important factors are synchronisation and technique. Only by the perfect matching of these factors can the team achieve success. 

Rhythm and harmony triumph over pure muscular power.

Up to 18 paddlers are coxed by a drummer and kept in rhythm, whilst a helmsman or helmswoman keeps the 12.5-metre long boat on course.

The boats start from buoys or hooks. The finishing line is defined by buoys or markings from the banks of the river.

The usual competition distances are 250, 500 and 1,000 metres. For festivals, the distance is often adjusted to suit the local conditions.