The Event A special regatta where you can experience the thrill of dragon boat racing while supporting Dragons Abreast in Canberra and across the country.
A full crew consists of 20 paddlers. Don’t have 20? No worries! Register yourself or a small group and we’ll match you up with other fun-loving fundraisers. An excellent opportunity for corporate team building or just a great day out with your mates!
Bring the family! It’s a birthday party! Get into the party spirit! Enjoy the food, music, and games for young and old.
Party like it’s 1999 We’re turning 20 years old!
Think back to a time when we were planning for Y2K, Pokemon, Furby and Troll Dolls were on every kids wish list, the Matrix franchise had just begun, Star Wars Episode 1 took over the world, Lenny Kravitz invited us to ‘Fly Away’ and Lauryn Hill makes history at the Grammy Awards winning 5 Grammys in one night.
Dress up in your favourite 90’s gear. Choose a theme for your crew or just pull out that 90s band t-shirt and cargo shorts and join in the fun.
Your Team A dragon boat crew consists of 22 people: 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 sweep to steer the boat. DBACT will provide a drummer and an accredited sweep for your team.
Who Can Paddle? Anyone aged twelve years and over can participate. Dragon boating is a sport for the young and old however safety protocols do not permit us to take out children under the age of twelve.
Composite Crews If you can’t muster a full team of 20 paddlers, we’ll match you up with other teams to make up a crew. You will be invited to train with your composite crew to get know each other.
Some members of Dragons Abreast Canberra participated in a composite crew at the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission event for breast cancer survivors in Florence, Italy in July 2018. It was great fun to get to know other people who love dragon boating!
Training All registered paddlers are invited to up to three training sessions in the weeks prior to the event. Training sessions are included in your entry fee. Schedules for training sessions will be confirmed closer to the event.
Registration Online registration here!
Prizes!! It’s not all about the racing - you can be a winner on land too!
Top Fundraiser: How much can you raise?
Fashions on the Lake: Best Dressed Team
Noise Makers: Best War Cry
Let’s Get Physical: Best Team Warm Up
Go-Team!: Most Organised Team
It’s About Us: Best Team Bio
Home Sweet Home: Best Decorated Tent
Equipment and Clothing The dragon boats, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Wear comfortable clothing (in your best 90s theme, of course!). Enclosed footwear is a mandatory safety requirement: old sneakers or boat shoes are ideal - no sandals, thongs, flip flops or bare feet.
Fundraising This event is the primary fundraiser for Dragons Abreast Canberra. A proportion of the funds raised also goes to support Dragons Abreast Australia to promote dragon boating to breast cancer survivors and support their participation in this fantastic sport. Teams or individuals can make donations in addition to their registration fees. Check out the registration page for more details about how to donate.
Celebration and Commemoration On the day, you can leave a message of support or remembrance on a Pink Lady Silhouette in our BCNA Mini 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.
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.
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