Dragon Boat Challenge 2011

Sunday 5th Jun 2011

Dragon Boat Challenge 2011

The Rotary Club of Lunesdale   

Annual Dragon Boat Challenge 2011             

Halton Training Camp                                                                                               

Sunday 5 June, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

In aid of CancerCare and Rotary Charities

Reg Charity No 1120048 Reg Charity No 1075641 


The Rotary Club of Lunesdale is delighted to announce that the FOURTH Annual Charity Dragon Boat Challenge will take place at Halton Training Camp on the River Lune near Lancaster on Sunday 5th June 2011, raising funds for CancerCare and Rotary Charities.

Run by professional organisers Gable Events, the challenge is open to anyone over 16 and a total of 28 crews can take part. No rowing experience is needed, just an ability to swim and plenty of enthusiasm! Crews that have taken part in previous years have found it a tremendous team-building activity - dressing up in team colours just adds to the atmosphere - and competitive spirit. The race takes place over a 200m course; all equipment is provided by Gable Events, as is a professional helmsman, who will shout encouragement and keep everyone in a straight line!


The training camp offers a superb venue for racing and a fun day is guaranteed whatever the weather. Teams are encouraged to set up a gazebo as a base and bring a picnic, but food and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available to purchase on site.


Entries can be for crews without boats, boats without crews or boats WITH crews (we like these best!) BUT each boat MUST have a sponsor AND a crew to take part. If you are missing one or the other we will do our best to match you up, but we can’t promise anything, so it is much better to get your crew sponsored up front by your employer, a supplier or some other local organisation.


Crews must comprise 8-10 paddlers plus a drummer - squads may be larger. Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and organisations may enter more than one crew. The minimum age for participation is 16 years and parental consent must be provided. No previous experience of dragon boat racing is required but all crew members must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing and in moving water and compete entirely at their own risk. Water safety cover is provided by the organisers.


Entry Fees (VAT not applicable):

Boat and Crew £350

Boat only £350

Crew only NIL


Entry includes:

Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment

At least 3 races per crew (subject to weather conditions)

A trophy for the overall winning team and medals for the top three teams

A team prize for the crew raising the most money for charity

An individual prize for the person raising the most money for charity

Souvenir event programme


Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis with full payment. No refunds will be given once an entry has been accepted.


Charity Sponsorship Having entered, each crew is asked to raise a minimum of £50 per person, to be split equally between CancerCare and the Rotary Club charitable fund. Official sponsor forms and tips on maximising your sponsorship total will be supplied with your entry confirmation.

ALL sponsorship forms and money MUST be handed in to Race Control before your crew’s first race of the day.


Gable Events is an approved operator of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA) and the Challenge will be run under BDA Festival Rules and hold a BDA Race Permit. All crews accepted for entry must abide with the competition rules of the BDA and the entry details shown on this form. Each crew is guaranteed a minimum of 3 races.


How to enter

Click the link below to download a booking form and return your signed form back to Michael Harrison  with your entry fee of £350 (if applicable) to Michael Harrison, Rotary Club of Lunesdale, Green Farm, Mewith Lane, Tatham LA2 8PJ. Please make cheques payable to Rotary Club of Lunesdale.


or contact Mike direct at :-

 Closing date for entries    Friday 29 April 2011


Following receipt of your completed entry form and fee, we will send you confirmation of your entry, a full set of competition rules, sponsorship forms and a Crew Manager’s information pack.


The Rotary Club of Lunesdale is one of five Rotary Clubs in the Lancaster district. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who join together to take an active role in their communities. Funds raised by Rotary are used to support local, national and international charities.


CancerCare is a local charity dedicated to the support of people with cancer, their families and carers and people bereaved by cancer. Its services are available to anyone in North Lancashire and South Lakeland whose lives are affected by cancer and are free of charge.


Gable Events is a professional event management company of over fifteen years’ standing, specialising in events for motivation, team building and fun. They will be handling all aspects of the water-based activities to ensure health and safety is maintained for all concerned.

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