Are you ready to Race The Dragon?
The 2021 Bradford Dragon Boat Festival will once again be a weekend of fun and competition
organised by the community for the community.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Parking is limited so using public transport (below) is HIGHLY recommended
DAY 1 - Saturday (Start time: 09:30)
The Lord Mayor's Championships where teams will race for the prestige of being recognised as Charity Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford 2021.
Each team will pay an entry fee and each team member is challenged to raise money for the Lord Mayor's nominated charities. At the prize giving ceremony, there will be trophies awarded to the Captain's of the top three teams and winners medals presented to each member of the winning team by the Lord Mayor. Further details Here >>>
DAY 2 - Sunday (Start time: 09:30)
The Multi Charity Championships Each team will pay an entry fee and the team members fund raise for an official festival charity: Bradford Hospitals Charity, Leeds Hospitals Charity, Cancer Support Yorkshire or a charity of their team's choice. The winners will be recognised as the Multi Charity Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford 2021. At the prize giving ceremony, there will be trophies awarded to the Captain's of the top three teams and winners medals presented to each member of the winning team. Further details Here >>>
New for 2021 - SuperCup:
The highest race division for the best teams, are you a dragon boat club, have you
been practicing regularly or do you think you can just wing it, any team can
enter if you think you have what it takes. A maximum of 12 teams only, can enter this race division on Saturday (day 1) teams are supporting the Lord Mayors charities, On Sunday (Day 2) teams may select a charity of there choice to fundraise for.
Teams entering either of the two days above will need to set up an online 'giving' page will need to be set up by each team so that every team member can pay in and to add an extra competitive edge to the day, the 'giving' link for each team will be placed up in the team entry table. Which team will be the highest fund raiser?
The racing format: The races start upstream just beyond the cricket pavilion and takes the boats round a gentle bend as they come into the park. In order to ensure fair racing, the start positions are therefore on an angle and slightly staggered (same as on the athletics track). This has been accurately measured by Bradford's Land Drainage team using incredibly accurate and sensitive GPS equipment to do so. Those measuring the course have taken into account the bend of the river and are allowing much of this year’s racing to take place in the park with the finish around 40 meters from the pontoons.
How do I get to the festival ...
The nearest postcode is BD17 5HU, which will take you part way down Coach Road. Continue down Coach Road and Roberts park is on the left hand side just before you get to Higher Coach Road. Car parks can be found at Shipley Glen Tramway (just before Titus Salts School and accessed off Higher Coach Road) and the overspill is the field at Baildon Recreation off Green Lane. It is not recommended using the car park on the South side (the NHS/Pub Car Park, or the access road to the Sports & Leisure pitches that side).
Bus numbers 626 and 624 stop just outside Roberts Park on Coach Road. Bus number 660 stops in Saltaire on the other side of the river from the park (a 5 minute walk away). Walk straight down Victoria Road towards Salts Mill. For bus timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or www.wymetro.com.
Saltaire train station is just across the river from Roberts Park. Turn left downhill out of the station and follow the footbridge across the river. Trains stop in Saltaire from Leeds and from Bradford. For train timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or www.wymetro.com.
What do I do next?
Register your team online today, pay your team entry fee in full or a deposit of £100 secures your team place, we will forward you more details in the build-up about the day itself. Don’t forget to share your festival team entry on social media.
Race the Dragon Ltd will organise the boat racing on the day, you just need to turn up and have fun.