get a team together

Start by choosing a category
Corporate Team

Teams made up of employees of a businesses or company in the local area. Team sponsorship fees are usually covered by the company itself.


Minimum age 16 years on 3rd July 2022.

Community Team

A community team could be made up of groups such as Schools or colleges, 

Villages, Pubs, Amateur groups (AmDram, Sports Clubs etc)


Minimum age 16 years on 3rd July 2022.

Youth Team

A 'Young Dragons' team is made up of children aged between 11 and 17 and are often formed from teams at senior school or scout groups etc.

Get a Team Together
You will need to get together a team of between 13 and 20 paddlers plus a drummer. A maximum of 16 paddlers form the boat crew for each race. Crew members can be all shapes and sizes, male and female. There is no upper limit but you should be reasonably fit and not suffering from asthma, heart problems etc.


Nominate a Team Leader

We have found that the best way to run your team is to nominate a crew captain. This person will be a good organiser and happy to manage the process as well as being the main point of contact with the Dragon Boat Challenge organiser. This person can choose to race in the boat or simply be the organiser.


Choose a Name and Costume!
You need to choose a name for your team, this will be used in all team materials and tannoy announcements when you win a race! To add to the fun, we encourage teams to choose a theme and costume and to come in fancy dress! Previous teams have come dressed as pirates, smurfs, vikings and St. Trinian’s (a prize will be awarded to the best dressed team.)


Entry Costs

Teams pay an entry fee of £495 which is normally split between the participants (approx. £25 each). The organisers should attempt to find a corporate sponsor(s) to fund the entry fee for Young Dragons teams.



Each participant is expected to raise a minimum of £75 PER PERSON (£40 for Young Dragons) from their own sponsors. The net proceeds of the event will be divided between CancerWise and charities supported by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory. The most effective way to manage your sponsorship is online via JustGiving.


Individual sponsorship pages can be set up via the JustGiving Campaign Page or simply search for 'Chichester Dragon Boats' on JustGiving.


We have found that Just Giving is not the easiest platform to connect your team pages too (we will review this next year). However for this year we suggest doing ONE of the following:

1. Create a new JustGiving account and make a regular fundraising page (an individuals page) and list your team names in the story section. Choose a web address that reflects your team name, you could also update the name in the account to reflect your team name.

2. Get each individual paddler to connect to our JustGiving event page.

Your pages should automatically appear in our page.

Any queries, please message us.


The Races

Each team will participate in 3 races with the possibility of some additional races to decide class winners. The smaller your team the more races you will have to take part in. Save your fittest members for all 3 races!


Full instructions, safety briefings, advice and a detailed programme for the day will be provided to all teams closer to the event.


On Water Management

The on water management and running of all race activities will be in the very capable and experienced hands of Dragon Boat Events Ltd. They are the UK’s No. 1 dragon boat event company and have worked successfully with many Rotary Clubs over the past 15 years. They meet all the required operating standards, including public liability insurance. The company provides all the boats and equipment required, as well as professionally qualified event staff, including a qualified helmsman for each boat.

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