Dragon Boat Regatta

The Dragon Boat

The spirit and power of the dragon will come alive as 12-metre long boats, large enough to seat up to 20 paddlers, battle it out along the banks of the Yarra River to the beating of drums. Each dragon boat has an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern, while the hull is painted with dragon scales and the paddles represent the claws.

Dragon boating is a fast, furious and captivating team based paddling sport that showcases the preparedness of Australians to accept and enjoy a cultural activity that has its roots in ancient China and celebrates the many unique aspects of Chinese culture.

The History

Dragon boat Racing has a rich heritage in Chinese culture, originating around 2000 years ago in Southern China.  Legend has it that Dragon Boat racing originated after the much loved minister Qu Yuan waded into the Miluo river to commit suicide in protest against corruption. The villagers tried to save him by taking to their boats, splashing and beating drums to keep the fish and evil spirits away from him.   The dragon itself holds a special place in Chinese culture, riding the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain, with the head of an ox, a deer’s antlers, the mane of a horse and the body and scales of a snake.

When & Where?


  • Sunday 17 May 2020 – 9:45am

Location: Yarra River

Dragon Boat Regatta

This year’s Dragon Boat Regatta is sure to be fast-paced with various Dragon Boat Victoria affiliated clubs  competing for the Fo Guang Shan Dragon Boat Victoria Regatta trophy and prizes.

For more information on how you can get involved in this ancient team sport, go towww.dragonboatvictoria.com.au or please contact administration@dragonboatvictoria.com.au or call Jonathan Low, Business Manager on 0401 059 222.