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The traditional boats used in most modern day events are 12 meters in length, constructed of solid teak and weigh approximately 1500 lbs. They are propelled by 20 paddlers, guided by a Cox or Steersperson and kept in rhythm by a drummer seated at the bow of the boat, maintaining a steady, and powerful pace for the duration of the traditional 500 meter course.

A sheer strength advantage in each individual paddler rarely results in victory. Teamwork combined with a good strength to weight ratio is the key. Well coordinated female and mixed crews routinely defeat all-male crews.

Each race takes approx. 2.5 min., but heats are run every 12-15 min. allowing for teams to load and unload their boats.  Boats race in heats of 3 to 4 boats across.  Total team work and a little spirit of competition make each race exciting!

Above all FMG Dragon Boat racing is great fun. It is extremely user friendly and anyone, young or old, at any fitness level can quickly adapt to and develop a passion for this sport.

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  • Dragon Boat Racing is the fastest growing water sport activity in the world today.
  • Over 2,000,000 people world-wide participate in Dragon Boat Festivals
  • FMG Dragon Boat Festivals have experienced 22% growth per year - every year.
  • Participants as old as 85 and as young as 12 participate in Dragon Boating.
  • Dragon Boat participants are 60% men, 40% women including corporations of all sizes, community groups, financial institutions, utilities, service clubs, youth groups, through to retirement homes.
  • FMG Dragon Boat has a clear safety record after years of producing dragon boat events.
  • FMG Dragon Boat specializes only in dragon boat event consulting and production.
  • Dragon Boat events do not involve a large number of volunteers or risk.
  • FMG Dragon Boat owns all its own dragon boat equipment including boats, docks, safety equipment, event production and event service needs.


One team member or paddler is required to obtain the position of team manager. Responsibilities of the Team Manager are as follows:

  • Communicating and distributing team information to all 25 team members
  • Gathering and submitting all necessary forms and waivers for the team
  • Act as the liaison with the race committee (only the team manager is to speak on behalf of the team members).
  • Team conduct and safety of all team members
  • Representation at the very important race logistics meeting scheduled in the week prior to event date

A confirmation letter will be sent to each team manager upon registration via fax or email. In the weeks/months prior to the festival we will be in contact with the team managers to assist in answering any questions they may have, arrange practice times and assist wherever possible.

Prior to the team practices a package containing the waiver/roster form will be mailed to the team manager.  Each team manager is responsible for submitting the original team Waiver/Roster form that has been signed by all team members. Waiver/Roster is to be handed in to the practice coordinator prior to the teams first practice.

Additional Rules and Regulations are available to Team Managers upon request.