Annual Dragon Boat Race is Launched

Oars at the ready! The Rockinghorse Dragon Boat Festival is returning to Brighton Marina on Sunday 14 May.

Row your way to victory in the Rockinghorse Dragon Boat Race (002)This unique charity event offers supporters the opportunity to compete in 40-foot long canoe-like boats, ornately carved with dragon’s heads and tails. Crews of between 12 to 16 people sit in pairs and paddle their way through a series of timed races over distances of up to 250 metres.

With 24 team places available, Rockinghorse is looking for supporters to sign-up and take part in the challenge (over 16’s only) which takes place on the waters at Marina Square in Brighton. Raising funds for the charity’s Sussex Giving for Sussex Children 50th anniversary appeal, registration is £100 per boat, plus £50 sponsorship per competitor.

Last year over 200 competitors took part in the Dragon Boat Race to raise £20,000 for projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. This year, all money raised will be donated towards the charity’s Golden Jubilee appeal which is supporting 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex.

Not just for those taking part, the Dragon Boat Festival is a great day out for all the family. Refreshments will be available on site and Rockinghorse has organised a host of activities and entertainment for little ones.

Entry is free for spectators and all ages are welcome to attend and watch the races, which will begin at 10am.

For more information or to sign-up for this event, please call Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, on 01273 330044 or email