Nene Valley Dragon Boat Race Sunday 2nd September 2018

Welcome to the website for the ninth annual Dragon Boat Race brought to you by Rotary clubs in East Northants.

Wicksteed Park, Kettering

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Get Involved

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun, but if you want to get involved further, here’s how:

Enter the race or Sponsor a boat

Dragon boat entries are always really popular and places are going fast, so if you want to enter, make sure you contact us as soon as possible to secure your place.

  • The entry of a team or the sponsorship of a boat is £350
  • Crew members are asked to raise an additional £50 each
  • The crews must consist of 10 rowers and one drummer
  • Any company, organisation or group of individuals may enter
  • All crew members must be over 16 years of age. Crew members under 18yrs must have parental approval.

Entry includes:

  • Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
  • At least 3 races per crew
  • Advertising available in the souvenir programme with a complimentary copy (one per crew)
  • Trophy for the winning crew and medals for the top three crews
  • Special award for the crew delivering the most money for the charities
  • Prize for the best dressed crew
  • Your organisation logo displayed on the Sponsors page of the website, together with links to any relevant contact details
  • Mention in the Event Programme, on the website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts (optional)

Remember, no experience is necessary and full safety equipment will be provided for your use on the day.

It is also possible to sponsor a boat without entering a rowing team, for the same donation of £350, just contact us for details.

The following documents provide sponsorship and entry details, please click on the links to download:

The following Word documents provide competition and safety information:

Yes! I want to enter

Other sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event - this is a great opportunity for you to support the local community and raise money for some very worthy causes.

Sponsorship opportunities range from support for any of the activities, including events on the day. You could put up a specific prize for a heat or other races (not including the final).

There are some great packages available for our sponsors, ranging from free adverts in the events programme to web advertising, PR and email campaigns. Please contact us us to discuss this further.

Please note, sponsorship donations can give substantial tax benefits for both individuals and companies. Under the Gift Aid Scheme for example, higher-rate tax payers can get about £70 off their own tax bill for a single £300 donation. The Charity will also receive an extra £84 from the Inland Revenue making their benefit £384 at a cost to you of £230. Companies will also be able to reduce their tax bill at their own particular rate.

Yes! I want to sponsor this event

Become a stall holder, exhibitor or provide a display

If you would like to be a part of this event, whether it be a refreshments stand, charity tombola, performers or a display/exhibition, please let us know. All suggestions welcome as we truly want this to be a day to remember.

Yes! I want to be a stall holder or Exhibitor

Come along as a spectator

Entry to the Dragon Boat Festival site is free, but donations on the day would be greatly appreciated. The events and entertainment are also free of charge, so come along, bring all your family and friends and enjoy the day.

For a full photo gallery, click here.