has it that in 300 BC the suicide of the exiled poet Qu Yuan, whom
fishermen wanted to rescue from the dangerous fish with loud drumming
and furious paddling, was the origin of dragon boat racing.
poet and statesman had become a thorn in the side for the Chinese
Court because of his reform policies. And since then, dragon boat
races have traditionally been staged in China to represent the search
for the soul of the poet.
first modern dragon boat festival took place in Hong Kong in 1976.
The enthusiasm for such festivals came to Europe via the USA, New
Zealand and Canada.
In 1989, dragon boat racing was imported into Germany, with the
first Dragon Boat Festival to mark the 800th anniversary of the
port of Hamburg.
There are now regular German Championships, and European and World
In addition to the official championship events more and more Fun
and Company Regattas.
The first dragon boat contest in Frankfurt took place in 1991 as
part of the newly conceived Museum Riverside Festival. Since then,
dragon boat racing has been gaining more and more (active) fans
every year in Frankfurt.