Racing Events Details

 The Dragonboating season is packed with new races and events in which to participate.

Please take a look at our Events throughout the year to see which events you would like to join:

British Dragonboat Association League (BDA)

League Races

Dates: April - September

The BDA National League is a series of dragonboat racing events organised by the British Dragonboat Racing Association over the summer season starting in April at venues throughout the UK.  Each event has a regatta format, with qualifying rounds, repecharges, minor and major finals to determine overall placings at the event. Races are typically held over 200m and 500m distances.

All BDA Registered Crews are eligible to compete in the BDA National League. There are two divisions - Premier and Standard, plus an Under 18 Division. Points are won on placings at each National League event to determine the position of the crews in the League overall.  16 points are awarded to the first placed crew at each event, 15 for second, and so on, in each league for each crew that has raced.

A crew's placing at the end of the year is decided on the sum of the crew's best seven points results scored over the season (6 x 200m results and 5 x 500m results for 2011). A count back system is in place to determine an overall winner where there is a draw based on the best number of qualifying results.

For the past few years, Typhoon has had a team in both the Premier league and Standard league.


BDA Nationals

Dates: September

The BDA National Cup is a two day event held at the end of the season in September. All the crews that have competed during the season are invited to take part. Races are typically over 200m, 500m, and 1000m distances. There are races for Open, Mixed, Ladies and Under 18 crews. A round of heats determines which crews qualify for the Cup competition, and which go into the Plate or Bowl competition for runners-up.


Other Events in the Year

Typhoon is very excited to announce that, in addition to our regularly scheduled national league races hosted by the BDA, we will be participating in the following events during the year:

Henley Winter Series (7.5KM Distance)

Dates: Nov-Mar

Venue: Eyot Centre (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)

The Henley Winter Series (HWS) is the only winter dragonboating regatta event in the UK.

The Series comprises of 4 long distance time trials over a circular race course of approximately 7km, with a turn around an island at each end of the course. The turns and staggered start provide exciting racing for the crews and an unexpected spectacle for members of the public enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning stroll along the River Thames.

The national league may have finished, but luckily these winter events hosted by Henley Dragons between November and March will keep Typhoon in tip top shape and put our endurance to the test. Set in scenic Henley, HWS is a rewarding and challenging race;  and one that every paddler should experience.


Great River Race

Date: Saturday 7th September 2012

The Great River Race, London's 21 mile River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who like to win. A great fun day out for competitors and spectators alike.


Internationals Events

After our thrilling international adventures in Venice 2009, Hong Hong (Stanley) in 2010, Macau (Hong Kong) in 2011, Venice in 2012, Cyprus 2013, Typhoon is wander-lusting once again. We are currently researching suitable international race events (details to be confirmed).

Remember, the earlier we can confirm numbers, the more affordable the trip will be. Members and non-members alike please register your interest travelling abroad to race (or spectate) here:

Some of the possibilities are below:

(Venice Canoe and DB Festival, and Vogalonga)
- 200m racing then Vogalonga (30km around Venice and North Lagoon)
- At least one other BDA club have mentioned they are doing the Vogalonga this year.
- race on a purpose-built dragonboating lake with a backdrop of affluent supercasinos
- See the races projected onto big screens with horse-racing style commentary in Cantonese
- Typhoon attended this event last year and were treated to hotel, food and entertainment arranged by the organisers

(Penang International Dragon Boat Festival)
- Competitive racing with mainly Asia and Pacific crews
- Typhoon made links with a Malaysian team, so may be able to get an 'Invitation'.
(IDBF Club Crew World Championships)
- the Club Crew World Championship format usually involves the top club from each nation.
- two other BDA clubs are going this year.
- could overlap with general DB festival/ carnival in Tsim Sha Tsui where celebrities also turn up.
(Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival at WALT DISNEY WORLD® RESORT)
- Held in Disney World, previously included entry for participants and spectators.
Our international DB trips are worth experiencing. Not only is it like a holiday with your team mates, you get to do something you enjoy there, see new sights and mix with the locals in a totally different way!

Let us know which ones you are most interested in so far.

Further details and destinations to follow.

For more information or if you would like to be involved in any of these events, please email us at

Friends, family and fans of Typhoon, we'd love if you would join us at any of these events. Especially when there's a risk of fading in the middle of a race, it's reinvigorating to hear friendly shouts from the sidelines. Please let us know if you'd like to come along to support us.