Dragons Abreast Canberra Annual Social and Corporate Regatta


Dragons Abreast Canberra Social and Corporate Regatta

Saturday 14 October 2017, 8am until 2pm

Grevillea Park, Lake Burley Griffin


We would love you to join us for our 18th anniversary!
You can enter a team in our special 'Australian Characters' DBACT Benefit Regatta.
The Regatta's aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer in the Canberra region through the sport of dragon boat racing. Funds raised from the event will allow Dragons Abreast Canberra, and Dragons Abreast Australia (DAA) to continue their work in promoting the benefits of dragon boating as exercise to breast cancer survivors. The event also intends to celebrate wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie for all regatta participants, breast cancer survivors and their supporters.
On the day, you can leave a message of support or remembrance on a Pink Lady Silhouette in our Field of Women. We will also hold a 'Flowers on the Water' ceremony. Flowers on the Water is a very special ceremony conducted by members of Dragons Abreast Australia to honour those who have, and are continuing to travel, the path of a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as remembering those who have lost their battle. 
Your invitation is here.

Food and Drinks on site at the regatta:

 Fyshwick Markets Fruit (Farmfresh) donated free for paddlers when crews come off the water from racing (located near marshalling tent)

 Cafe 2U Coffee- for coffee donation of sales to Dragons Abreast Canberra

 Dragons Abreast Canberra Cake Stall (sale of items  cupcakes, slices etc. to go with your coffees)

Diamond Phoenix BBQ meat and vegetarian options for sale. Proceeds of sales to support the Diamond Phoenix Dragon Boat Club

 Please remember to bring cash for purchasing items (as no EFTPOS or credit card facility on site)

Other ways to donate on the day of the regatta:

Purchase Tickets in the Regatta Raffle (Prizes include: Quilt, Linda Garland 'Australian Characters' watercolour, Officeworks technology prize, Gift Voucher David Jones)

Purchase Dragons Abreast Canberra and Pink/Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise at the regatta

Sportscare Massage $5.00 for 10 minutes - teams please support by taking bookings at the massage tent 

 "Happy Faces" face painting for all for a gold coin donation. All teams are encouraged to get the breast cancer pink ribbon, or another face painting option to go with your team theme. This is also a good activity for children to get involved in.

Please remember to bring cash for purchasing items (as no EFTPOS or credit card facility on site).

Regatta Information/Cancer Information Resources:

Meeting point for team captains to submit crew lists at 7.00 am is Pink Central (Dragons Abreast Canberra pink tent)

Breast Cancer Awareness Resources/Information available at Pink Central (Dragons Abreast Canberra pink tent)

Cancer Council ACT  Information Booth will be on site


Chris Holly- Holimage - professional photography

Akka Ballenger Constantin - professional photography

Michael Daniel - professional photography for DBACT


Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance performance to entertain the crowd

Flowers on the Water Ceremony:

Flowers on the Water Ceremony - Dragons Abreast Canberra members to paddle out, flowers available for land based crowd to throw into the water to participate in the ceremony.


Cancer Council ACT

Fyshwick Fruit Markets (Farmfresh)

Canberra Hire - toilets and hand wash station

Sports Care Physio- massage

Diamond Phoenix Dragon Boat Club - BBQ

Cafe2 U- coffee

Doma Group - Hotel Realm - volunteer food

Canberra Yacht Club - Safety boats and tow boat

Chris Durkin- Happy Faces - Face painting

Dragon Boat ACT members for volunteering and officiating on the day

DA Canberra members for support of event

CGS and CGGS student volunteers - wrangling and other duties

Chris Holly- Holimage for professional photography

Akka Ballenger Constantin - professional photography

Michael Daniel - professional photography for DBACT

Trophies for:

Winner of the A final - Pink Lady Shield & Gold Cup

Maggie Sharp Award - Fastest all female team time of the day

Health Heroes/Anna Wellings-Booth Memorial - Fastest medical team in any heat

Sylvia Flaxman - Dragon Spirit Award - Most in keeping with the ethos of DA Canberra

Highest Fundraiser Perpetual Shield -  Highest amount raised over & above registration (paid into DBACT account with DACFundraiser - team name

Also, team cups presented for place getters in the A final, B final, C final, and D final


A reminder that the theme for the regatta in 2017 is - Australian Characters

Novelty Prizes for the team to participate in include:

Fashions on the Lake - Best dressed team

Noise Makers - Best War Cry

Let's Get Physical - Best Team Warm Up

Go-Team - Most organized team

It's About Us - Best Team Bio

Home Sweet Home - Best decorated campsite



Important Parking Information for the Regatta:

The Grevillea Park (GP) site has insufficient parking for all competitors and officials, therefore only race officials and vendors may park in the GP parking area.  

The Russell Office area shown on the event map is the designated parking area for participants and spectators. 

Please do not park at "The Boat House Restaurant" or the "Clare Holland House" car parks. Also do not park on the roundabout or on the grassed areas at Grevillea Park.

The event map can be found here





Exclusive Dragons Abreast Australia promotional products.

Dragons Abreast Shop

Our Sponsors

Dragons Abreast Australia is sponsored by Specialised Therapeutics Australia, an international biopharmaceutical company with strategic focus and expertise in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

With the highest professional and ethical standards, Specialised Therapeutics Australia commercialise therapies and technologies that uniquely fulfil the unmet medical needs of the community.


Quality and affordable sporting apparel. Provider of our DAA jackets, with a percentage of proceeds being donated to Dragons Abreast.

Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 Dragons Abreast Festival, Cancer Institute NSW, is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer and improving outcomes for people with cancer across the state of New South Wales by:

Promoting the prevention of cancer

Improving early detection and participation in cancer screening

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Building capacity in cancer research

Using the latest data and information to drive positive change across the health system.


Get in touch with Dragons Abreast Australia on 1300 889 566 or fill in our enquiry form