Dragon Boat Race to Return to Leeds Dock this Summer

Leeds Dock’s annual Dragon Boat Race is sailing back into the city centre again on Saturday 25 June to celebrate its 10th year, after a two-year break due to Covid.

In previous years, companies including Radio Leeds, ASDA and Primal Gym have all made a splash at the race, and it offers local businesses the perfect opportunity to bring their employees back together again for a day of team building. 

The race will see 16 teams of between 12 and 17 people competing against each other to win the highly coveted trophy, with every team taking to the water to battle it out in a series of heats, before the top two teams race each other in the final to decide who is crowned champion.    

Entry costs £200 per boat and 20% of all entry proceeds will be donated to St Gemma’s Hospice.  

One company that has already signed up to this year’s race is sustainable property developer, Citu. Hannah Limming, head of brand at the company, said: “After spending much of the past two years working from home, we’re really excited about bringing our team back together again to compete in the Dragon Boat Race. 

“We’ve entered the race before and it’s always been a fun teambuilding day out that everyone has really enjoyed. None of us are experienced rowers, but we’re already feeling excited about taking part again and have our eyes firmly set on the trophy!” 

Leeds Dock’s event director, Alex Webb, added: “It’s great to be able to host the race again after having to put it on hold for the last two years, and we’re looking forward to welcoming back competitors and spectators.     

“As well as the Dragon Boat Race, there will also be street food vendors and live entertainment across Leeds Dock, so it promises to be a great day out for all.”   

The Dragon Boat Race will run from 10am-5pm on Saturday 25 June, and it is now open for businesses to enter via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-dock-dragon-boat-race-2022-tickets-254426525587. It is suitable for all abilities and deadline for entry is 20th June. 

The event is part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival, which showcases the best of the city’s waterfront.  

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