Take to the water with a Dragon Boat

Charities are set to a receive fundraising boost from the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival this August.

The eagerly anticipated East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival is a great opportunity for local companies, organisations and clubs to get teams together and do battle on the waters of Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. Although there can only be one winner in the dragon boat races taking place on Saturday 11th August, a number of local and national charities will also be winners this year.

New for 2018, the Dragon Boat Festival, sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels, is an open charity event with entrants invited to raise money for the charity of their choosing. Teams opting for the popular gold and silver entry packages, which include a charity donation as well as marketing benefits, can also nominate their favourite charity to benefit from their donations.

Amongst the charities set to benefit from funds raised by the crews entered so far are Nelson’s Journey, QEH King’s Lynn Breast Care Unit, EACH Nook Appeal, The Big C, Princes Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support with many more great causes expected to be nominated before entries close on 1st August.

To take part in the dragon boat racing, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! Under the expert guidance of a qualified helm provided by Festival organisers Gable Events, your crew of up to 11 people will soon be paddling in time and bonding together as you race towards the finish line over the 200m race course. Each team gets three attempts to improve their race times with everyone having an equal chance of reaching the semi-finals. Last year, three out of the five top-placed teams were first-time entrants into the Festival! Trophies and medals are awarded to the top three crews, top mixed crew, top fundraisers and the ‘best dressed’.

• For further information and an entry form please visit
www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.