Time trial seeding takes place at (TBD) on the Saturday of the Festival weekend.
There will be two 250m (TBD) heats back-to-back, with the fastest time used in seeding for Sunday's races. Each group will begin their second heat soon after returning to the start. You will not exit your boat between heats, though you may substitute registered alternate team members.
The results of the time trials will determine the brackets for Sunday's races.
Sunday June 14 @ 8:00 am
John W. Weeks Footbridge
Race takes place at the John W. Weeks Footbridge on the Sunday of the Festival weekend.
The docks will be located on the Boston shore. Races begin between the River and Western Avenue bridges. Races end near the Weeks Footbridge, just before the boat docks. [View festival map]
Race course will be 500-meters and first race time will be dependent on Saturday time trials.
Once your team has launched from the docks, you should proceed downstream to the starting line. At the starting line listen for instructions from the race officials. Buoys will mark the finish line; an air horn will be used to indicate the passing of each boat across the official finish line.
Saturday of Festival weekend | Teams will be racing at (TBD) for time trial seeding
Sunday of Festival weekend | Teams will be racing at John Weeks Footbridge for final competition
Races are held on Great White North fiberglass, Hong Kong style dragon boats. The boat, drum, paddles and standard size flotation devices will be provided. Any team is allowed to wear their own personal flotation devices so long as they all match. Exceptions to matching flotation devices are allowed for age/weight appropriate devices if the Festival equipment does not fit.
Teams are allowed a maximum of 24 registered members, comprising of: 1 Drummer, 1 Boston Dragon Boat Festival Qualified Steersperson, and 22 Paddlers. A maximum 20 paddlers may race at one time. The additional two paddlers are to be considered alternates and may paddle as the captain wishes. No experience is required for paddlers. Team members must be at least 14 years of age and should be able to swim 100 meters in light clothes with an age/weight appropriate flotation device. Each co-ed team must compete with a maximum of 10 women paddlers and maximum of 10 men paddlers, with no less than 16 people per boat. Women’s team must have all female paddlers, minimum of 16 paddlers are allowed to race. Boat should be balanced Left and Right with even number of paddlers.
There will be Specialty Challenge races that may be grouped into the following classes: Community, Corporate, Women’s, Youth, Cancer Survivors, etc depending on the teams registered. You may choose the initial Specialty Challenge, however, the festival reserve the right to change based on the overall racing teams.