Dragon Boats in Leith

Posted by to The Blog on May 10th

Leith Rotary Club have partnered with The Retail Trust and Ocean Terminal to host a Charity Dragon Boat Race on Saturday 23rd June at Ocean Terminal. The Race will feature up to 50 boats (with as many as 1,000 participants) competing over a 250-metre course throughout the day. The event hopes to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charities such as The Bethany Trust, The RNLI, St Columba’s Hospice and many others.

They hope to attract thousands of spectators who will be able to view the action from the quayside and from within Ocean Terminal itself. They will be a range of other attractions; with stalls, a tented village and local bands. Cron Mackay, Chairman of Leith Rotary Club, believes it is going to be a really fun day out: “Our trial run last year proved to everyone that Dragon Boat Racing is really exciting. As a result, we have now been joined by Retail Trust and Ocean Terminal to run a much larger event this year. Most of last year’s teams will be competing again this year and it promises to be a really noisy, colourful, and exciting day.”

Michelle Macleod, Deputy Centre manager at Ocean Terminal is also excited: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome the Dragon Boats back to Ocean Terminal and to be involved again as sponsor. Last year’s event was one of the highlights of the year at Ocean Terminal and we hope that our customers and the people of Leith will support the event as they have before, both by taking part and by turning out to cheer home the crews.”

Each team is asked to nominate a crew of 20, comprising 16 paddlers, a drummer and reserves. Each boat will have an experienced helmsman, provided by Dragon Boat Events Ltd. The company will also be supplying the vessels. At 40ft long they are the largest flat-water racing canoes in the world.

It costs £120, including VAT, to enter a team of 17-20 people and each participant is expected to raise personal sponsorship of at least £100. Two-thirds of the funds raised by each team will go to the charity of the team’s choice, with the remainder going to Rotary and other local charities.

Teams wishing to take part in the event should complete the relevant forms.

Information on how to enter is available on the website www.leithdragonboats.com

Info : This video contains more information about the Edinburgh Dragon Boat Race


2 responses to “Dragon Boats in Leith”

  1. James says:

    Yacht Race is very famous race and thousands of boaters participate in it.

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