Dragon Boat Race at The Working Boat

Dragon Boat Race at The Working Boat

After last year’s success, we’re so excited to be once again hosting Cornwall’s only Dragon Boat Race on Saturday 27th July from our very own quay.

At this free event, you can expect to enjoy a thrilling day of Dragon Boat racing, with teams competing throughout the day to take home the winning title.

Dragon boat racing is an exhilarating sporting event where teams compete in canoe-like vessels fitted with hand carved dragon’s heads and tails. With up to 17 people per boat paddling to compete in races at nearly 250m distances, spectators can expect to view an incredibly exciting and adrenaline pumping race from our quay. Lap up the excitement from the shoreline or revel in victory on the water. Spectator, winner or loser, there’ll be lots on offer.

Throughout the weekend, The Working Boat will be serving delicious dirty fries piled high with toppings like crispy squid, hickory pulled pork, and truffle parmesan. Line your stomach these flavourful fries before diving into the action, and wash it all down with our refreshing selection of Cornish brews from the bar.

We’re also proud to share that we will be partnering with Man Down for this exciting event and 10% of all proceeds generated from food and drink sales during the day will be donated to this amazing organisation.


Man Down is a Cornish based non-profit community-interest company who provide informal peer-support talking groups all over the county for men with mental health concerns.

Teams take to the water from 10am with lots of races throughout the day, so plenty of chances to cheer on your favourite team!

This event is free to watch, and all are welcome.

If you are looking to compete in the race, you can register your team’s interest and find out more info, by emailing here: chrisdodimead@dragonboatevents.com and download the team manual here.  Registration opens at 9am with a first registered – first on the water system. So if you want to be in the first race at 10am, make sure you are registered at 9am. All teams must be registered by 9.30am.

If you’d like to join us for food booking is recommended.

Entry is £23.50 per person based on 17 rowers – if you wish to purchase entry for a team it is £399 for as many rowers as you like, but please note up to 17 people can row at per race.

As well as our Dragon Boat Race, we’re hosting lots of other exciting events this year. Discover them here.