Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragons Are Coming!

Saturday, September 25, 2021


The Dragon Boat Festival benefits Gilda’s Club New Hampshire and our goal of opening a Clubhouse for men, women, teens, and children impacted by cancer.

The Festival will be a day of Dragon Boat races, a flower ceremony for loved ones touched by cancer, and fun for anyone racing or watching!

Dragon Boating is easy to learn, extremely safe, and an activity where men and women compete side-by-side towards the same goal. Dragon boats are long, narrow (40 feet long) crafts. The crew consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, a drummer who sits at the head of the boat and beats out a paddling rhythm for the crew, and a steersperson at the rear of the boat. Regardless of how young, old, big, or little: once a paddler is in stroke, they are contributing to their team! Add the outdoors, the water, the visual spectacle of dragon boating, and you get a perfect activity for friends and family

Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate, and we provide the boats, paddles, life jackets, a time to practice, and the racecourse! We recommend about 21-24 participants per team, with both men and women participating. The minimum age to paddle is 13 years old.

Participation is Easy – create your team, designate a Captain, have the Captain register your team, and agree to raise a designated minimum amount in donations for Gilda’s Club New Hampshire.

Become a Sponsor

We are actively seeking Event Sponsors for the Dragon Boat Festival. You will be prominently featured in front of scores of local residents and business owners all while supporting the opening of the very FIRST Gilda’s Club in all of New England!

You are welcome to contact Scott Kalicki at (603) 387-6775 or sjk@gildasclubnh.org for more information on becoming a Sponsor, forming a team volunteering for the Festival.