SARASOTA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL MAY 20TH, 2023
May 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Looking for an event in Florida’s Gulf Coast? Join us in Sarasota, welcoming both competitive and recreational teams.
Don’t have a team? We have the Experience Dragon Boat Program. Click here for more information.
In what will promise to be a fiercely competitive Sport Division and widely attended Community Division, the event offers racing for established and entry-level teams alike looking to gain competitive experience by competing in a world-class sports facility. Nathan Benderson Park features a 400-acre lake built to FISA specifications. In 2017, the multi-use sports venue hosted the World Rowing Championships, so teams can expect the best racing conditions come race day!
Race distances include 200m, 500m, and the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams, while Community Division teams will race 3x500m.
Festival grounds offer something for everyone. Spectators can take in the action and follow the excitement of racing while learning about the sport of dragon boat. Another point of interest is the Health and Wellness Village, where participants and spectators can receive products and services to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Families are invited to bring their children to come to spend time at the races and enjoy the outdoors.
CALLING ALL SOLO PADDLERS OR SMALL GROUPS
Are you looking to get on the water, but don’t have a team? GWN is pleased to offer a program for solo paddlers or small groups.
Experience Dragon Boat Train and Race: A five-week program, with one practice per week and finishing up at the Major League Dragon Boat Festival in your community. This is a perfect opportunity to try the sport. We supply you with all the equipment needed – paddles and lifejackets – all you have to do is show up in clothes that can get wet!
Experience Dragon Boat Race Ready: A program designed for people looking for minimal commitment and just want to race. The program offers a 1-hour practice and then participation in the event.
Learn more about either program by clicking here.