SAVE THE DATE: Registration for the Dragon Boat Festival opens February 1st. Get your teams together!!!

FAQ's

Answers to frequently asked questions about the boat race and other race-related questions. If you didn't find your answer here, please email us at paddle@SpartaDragonBoat.com.

We've never heard of dragon boat racing, what should we expect?

Check out our page About Dragon Boat racing or watch this video to learn more about dragon boat racing- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYtfc6L4ekM

What is a dragon boat?

Dragon boats are 46-foot, double-wide canoes that seat 20 paddlers and one drummer. Each dragon boat will also have a race organizer official on board to steer and assist.

How many people on a team?

21. 20 paddlers plus one  "drummer." You may include 3 alternates. All teams must have at least 8 female paddlers and no more than 10 paddlers can be between the ages of 15 and 17 (no paddlers under 15 permitted).

Are there any restrictions on who can be on the team?

Yes. All teams must have at least 8 female paddlers and no more than 10 paddlers can be between the ages of 15 and 17 (no paddlers under 15 permitted).

How do we register our team?

Click on any of the Register Now buttons or download the form here to register. Registration will be closed when we have 52 teams registered.

When will my team be officially registered?

Teams will be registered upon receipt of an executed team registration form, along with the deposit of 50%. Final payment is due in full by April 15 or your spot will be released. Your deposit will be forfeited unless we are able to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, your deposit will be returned less $100 handling fee.

Will we be able to practice before the race?

Practice sessions will be held May 17-19.   Each team receives one practice. All teams will have the opportunity to practice during this timeframe. Practice session selection based on order of registration. Exact dates and times will be announced closer to the event.

What time are the races?

The Festival is an all day event. Opening Ceremonies are at 8:30am. The first heat for Dragon Boat races will kick off at approximately 8:50 a.m.

How many times do we race?

At least twice. Depending upon your times, you may qualify for a third finals heat.

Can individuals join a team?

There may be groups looking for members. Please like our Facebook page and follow the conversation to see who is looking for members.

We don’t have enough people to fill a boat, how can we still participate?

You are certainly welcome to join with another smaller group, or you can "sponsor" a boat that includes patrons, customers and members of your team. Like our Facebook page to see if there are individuals looking for a team to join.

What happens if it starts raining?

The festival and racing will go ahead if it is raining. Generally, the only time the racing is postponed is if lightning or high winds occur.

Is there a fee to attend the festival?

No, there is no fee to attend. It is open to the public so bring your friends and family to enjoy this community event!

Will there be food and refreshments available on site?

Yes! The Lake Mohawk Country Club will have plenty of great food and drinks available for purchase.

How do we benefit from participating?

Dragon boat racing provides your group with an adrenaline-pumping and competitive event that rewards synchronicity and teamwork. The money raised through this event goes to the Sparta Education Foundation which distributes the funds through grants to Sparta Public Schools. 

What if our team can't make it, can we get a refund?

No, there will be no refunds. If following payment a team decides not to participate, the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, will be returned if the team notifies the Sparta Education Foundation prior to April 1, 2018. After April 1, teams will be reimbursed the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, only if a replacement team can be named.

Please remember this is a fund raising event run entirely by volunteers that enable the Sparta Education Foundation to make ongoing charitable contributions that enrich the educational experience of children in the Sparta Public Schools.

We have looked at the website, read the FAQs, but we really want to speak to somebody about this. Who can we talk to?

Please send an e-mail to: paddle@SpartaDragonBoat.com and someone will get back to you.