LDN Dragon Boat Race 2024

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Join us for a fun team building event, raising money for LDN London to support some of the capital’s most vulnerable people. Perfect for companies, organisations or groups of friends.

What is Dragon Boat racing?

Dragon Boat Racing is one of the world’s oldest sports, originating in China over 2,500 years ago. Teams of 11 race against each other in a series of qualifying timed races, culminating in a Grand Final race and the presentation of trophies and Champagne.

No experience is necessary, full training is given on the day. This video gives a feel for a dragon boat event.

Alongside the races, there are fun landside challenges, food and a bar too.

Teams can pay a basic entrance fee and raise sponsorship or buy a package which includes a sponsorship donation. Check out our different packages below.

Where and when?

Friday 17th May, 11am-3pm. The event will be held at Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre in Rotherhithe (overlooking Canary Wharf).

Who can take part?

Each team has a minimum of 11 people (10 rowers and a drummer who keeps the pace). Teams can bring up to 22 people and share the different heats if desired and organisations can enter as many teams as they wish. No prior experience or racing skill is required.

We have different packages and options available:

Bronze: £750 and a commitment to raise £75 sponsorship per person

  • Basic boat for a team of 11 (10 rowers and a drummer)

Silver: £1000 and a commitment to raise £75 sponsorship per person

  • Basic boat for a team of 11 (10 rowers and a drummer)
  • Breakfast! Unlimited teas, coffees and pastries all morning
  • Lunch! Gourmet pizza or smash burger and fries
  • Fizz! Welcome glass of fizz on arrival and for the toast at the medal ceremony

Gold: £2000 with no sponsorship commitment

  • Everything in the silver package with no additional sponsorship commitment

All packages are for teams of 11, additional places are available.

To book please follow the link to the booking form below.  if you would like any further information then please contact Katie McDaniel kmcdaniel@ldnlondon.org or give us a call on 020 8968 7376.

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LDN Community Hub

The funds raised will be used to run workshops where we help people gain long lasting life skills (including around health and mental health, budgeting, health, sustainability) and support people to gain confidence and independence. It will also mean we can reach more people with learning disabilities who are isolated and need help in London.

We support people with learning disabilities to be included in their community and have the opportunities that everyone should, whether in health care, getting a job or having a good home to live.

LDN London supports people with a wide range of learning disabilities. This includes people with mild and moderate learning disabilities, as well as people with profound and multiple disabilities. People we support have health conditions including Down’s Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and many other learning disabilities and autism. Find out more about what a learning disability is and key terms on our resources page.


Where does the event take place?

On the River Thames at Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7SX.

What do the races involve?

Each team has a minimum of 2 races, where they will race against other teams over a 200-meter racecourse. The fastest teams go through to the Grand Final.

The race requires the paddlers and drummer in each team to all work together. Personal fitness over this distance is not important as teamwork, paddle timing and a determination to be the best team is what wins the race!

How many people can be in my team?

Each race is for teams of 11 – 10 rowers and 1 drummer. You can bring more people with you and take turns in each race. There is an additional charge per person over 11 team members, you can add additional people, subject to availability, at any time.

How many boats can I book?

You can book as many as you like – places are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Are there any limitations on who can participate?

All team members must be aged 18 or over for this event.

All participants must be able to sit unaided and without back support in the boat.

Can I book a solo place?

If you’re not part of a big organisation but would still like to take part as an individual or small group, please let us know. Please email your interest to Katie on kmcdaniel@ldnlondon.org and we will send more details.

Can I bring supporters with me?

Space is limited and if all boats are sold, regrettably, we will not be able to accommodate spectators. Therefore places for spectators will be released closer to the event.

Will there be food and drink available on the day?


If you book the Silver or Gold package unlimited teas, coffees and pastries will be available until lunchtime, when your package will include a gourmet pizza or smash burger and fries for each team member. Both the Silver and Gold packages include a glass of fizz (or orange juice) on arrival and during the medal ceremony.

Teas, coffees and pastries will be available to purchase throughout the day. Gourmet Pizzas and Burgers will be available to purchase at lunchtime.

A bar will also be onsite for additional drinks, there is the option to put a cash tab behind the bar for additional drinks for your team.