On Saturday 7th May 2016 up to 40 teams will compete in the second Lord Mayor’s Appeal Dragon Boat Festival.
Each Dragon boat will hold a maximum of seventeen team members (eight pairs of paddlers and every team will have a drummer). An eighteenth person will be a qualified instructor from Race The Dragon whose job it iss to steer the boat.

No previous experience is necessary as full instruction and training will be given on the day.
Both men and women are able to compete on equal footing.
Dragon boat races will be run over a course of around 175 metres – which works out to around 1’25”- 1′ 35″ minutes of hard aerobic paddling per race.
Each team in the festival will have a minimum of three timed races (subject to conditions), with the best time only to count to final placing.

Each team member is required to raise a minimum £50, which will go towards the Lord Mayor’s two charities; Bradford Hospital Children’s Charity and Spread a Smile .

Winner’s medals, Captain’s trophies and prizes to be presented after the event by the Lord Mayor of Bradford.

Racing will take place on the River Aire beside Roberts Park and will involve six dragon boats racing throughout the day in a “3-on-3” race format (three boats racing whilst the other three boats are loading). Boat loading will be done from the beach whilst the racing will be on the straight stretch of river upstream of the park. The race finish will be in front of the Race The Dragon Control marquee, which will be on the river bank near the cricket pavilion.

The Grand Final is expected to take place around 4:45pm and is a race where the top three teams will all race together one last time, where first across the line will qualify as the new Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford 2016.

As most of the racing will be out of direct sight of competitors and spectators, cameras will relay live footage to a BIG Screen in Roberts Park and also mircowave link to the City Screen in Bradford City Centre.
Festival day plan:

08:45 – Team registration open at the Race The Dragon Event Control

09:45 – All team registrations to be completed

10:00 – Introduction by the Lord Mayor

10:05 – First teams called up for their safety briefings

10:30 – Round 1 racing to start

13:00 – Round 2 racing to start

14:50 – Round 3 racing to start

16:35 – Final Qualifying race

16:45 – Grand Final

16:55 – Award Ceremony

17:10 – Festival end

For more information click here The Bradford Lord Mayor’s Appeal Dragon Boat Festival 2016.

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