Dragon boating is a fast and exciting team sport dating back 2,500 years to Ancient China where racing was a feature of festivals and religious ceremonies. The Dragon Boat Festival honours Qu Yuan, a poet who drowned himself in the 3rd Century BC in protest against a corrupt government. For more information about its cultural history see the Dragon Boat ACT website.
Each regular boat holds up to 20 paddlers sitting side-by-side (small boats hold 10), with a sweep steering at the back of the boat and a drummer keeping time at the front. Regattas are held on multi-lane courses with 200m, 500m, 1km and 2km races. In addition to local regattas, paddlers have the opportunity to participate in national and international competitions (in countries such as China, United States, New Zealand, Canada and Hungary).