Bid to bring Dragon Boat Racing to Pembrokeshire

Western Telegraph: Racing the dragon: Charity watersports fun event is launched in Pembrokeshire. (2975888) Racing the dragon: Charity watersports fun event is launched in Pembrokeshire. (2975888)

PLANS are being fired up to bring the world's fastest-growing water sport of Dragon Boat racing to Pembrokeshire.

Dragon Boat racing, which originated in China over 2,000 years ago, is a spectacular and energetic sight with the traditionally-decorated craft being rowed to the beat of its on-board drummer.

And in May, Llys-y-Fran reservoir will be the venue for the Welsh Dragon Boat championships, in a new charity fund-raising venture launched by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club.

The club has already booked the boats and is now seeking the support of clubs, groups and organisations to get a team together to enter the challenge

Teams should be of 17 people - 16 to row the boat, plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm. The minimum age for team members is 12, and fancy dress is welcome.

The contest, on Sunday May 25th, will see the boats racing in pairs over a distance of around 200 metres. There will be a minimum of three heats, and the fastest three teams go forward to the final.

Training, a safety briefing, an experienced helmsman and all equipment needed are provided by the organisers, as well as lifejackets and a standby boat.

Everyone taking part will receive a limited edition I Raced the Dragon t-shirt, and the winning team will receive a shield and an additional winners' t-shirt.

To secure a boat, teams are asked to pay an initial entry fee of £340 - £20 per head - by the end of January and then raise total sponsorship of £680 towards Rotary charities. Any funds raised over this amount can go to the team's nominated charity or organisation.

Sponsored by Princes Gate Water, and in association with Race the Dragon and Welsh Water, the event is all set to be a great family day out, with sideshows, amusements and food and drink.

To find out more, contact Ken Morgan on 01834 860873/07972 378 301 or

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4:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Cymru bach says...

Great initiative, - let's hope everyone gets behind this!
Great initiative, - let's hope everyone gets behind this! Cymru bach

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