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Dragons flock to Fairhaven!

24 August 2022

blue skies dragon boat race

This May, saw Blue Skies biggest event yet!

With some 221 rowers taking to the water on the back of Dragons…

Okay, maybe not on the back of dragons, but in Dragon Boats.

Dragon boat racing began in China more than 2000 years ago as a rite to awaken the hibernating Heavenly Dragon. Races were held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (the summer solstice). However, as an international sport, it only goes back to a relatively recent 1976. In that year, overseas crews were invited, for the first time, to race in the traditional Hong Kong Festival Races. Races are typically over straight-line courses of 200m, 500m and 1,000m. In these races crews go head-to-head with each other.

13 teams, including Dragon boat  professionals Purple Dragons, went head-to-head across the day racing for the title of champion! See our full team list below!

  • Blue Skies Pick ‘n’ Mix
  • Purple Warriors
  • Team Beaverbrooks
  • Oars that Roar
  • Team TCRC
  • Team of Rapids
  • AKS
  • Athena Healthcare Group
  • In Deep Ship
  • Team TAC
  • The Desperados
  • Oar We There Yet?

The day got off to a flying start, with the Blue Skies team in a head-to-head with Beaverbooks, and the excitement didn’t stop there!

With a range of catering facilities on site and Fairhaven’s own Lakeside café, the day was a roaring success.

The final race saw, The Desperados, Oar we there yet And Athena Healthcare group in a head-to-head chase over the finishing line! It was a close call but the over all winners were The Desperados with Oar we there yet, coming in at a close second!

Overall, the day was a soaring success, raising over £5000 for Blue Skies!

If you would like to register your interests early for next years event, or have a team ready, please contact Our Community fundraiser, Joanna Allitt on

01253 952502

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