Dragon boat festival Race The Dragon 2018

Race the dragon is fully booked!

If you want to get notified if there will space become available for dragon boat teams, please mail us at: info@racethedragon.nl

Dear dragon boat friends,

Dragon boat club United Dragons from The Netherlands is organizing its annual festival Race The Dragon on June 9th in the city of Alkmaar. Due to the unique character of the sport and location of the event the festival has grown to be one of the best and most popular in our region. Due to the size limitations of the shipping canal which runs through the center of Alkmaar, the race is planned over a distance of 200 meters, in compliance with the Dutch Dragon Boat Federation rules. Our event attracts the best Dutch dragon boat squads and of course international teams are very welcome to join us for these races. The competition will be divided in races for local corporate/novice teams and experienced racing teams.
This years event will be our 20th anniversary edition so the organizing committee has planned to make this year extra special, not only for the paddlers but for the fans as well. So there will be a small market with food and beverages, sports outfits and activities for people of all ages. Check our Facebook and website for the latest details and scoops!

And the fun doesn’t have to stop when the competition day has ended. Why don’t you stay for the night and enjoy Alkmaar a little bit more.
Very near to the competition course, in the heart of Alkmaar, you can find the hotel Kings Inn, a very nice and cosy place. When you sign your team up you’ll receive a discount code from us for the hotel. As a group you can stay for the night for only € 15,= per person (including croissant and cup of coffee). Kings Inn is a good place to start a pubcrawl in the city, have a nice dinner or try your luck in a pub quiz  which can be arranged on request. For those who would like to explore our city and its surroundings on their own, Kings Inn has many possibilities like rental bikes, a guided citywalk and more. For more information, possibilities, prices and contact check the website www.kings-inn.com. Kings Inn has up to 160 beds, so be quick to be sure you can stay there!

Dragon boat city trip on Sunday
Sunday June 10th United Dragons will organise a dragon boat city trip through the canals of Alkmaar so everyone can discover some of the most beautiful places our historic city has to offer. There are no further costs for those who are participants of the competition on Saturday. This event will start at our club house where you can place your boat trailer during the night. Our club has a small amount of boats, so we would like to know upfront if you would like to join us for this trip and if you’ll bring your own boat to the event.

Signing up your team
Below this text you’ll find the online registration form to register your team for our event. We have a limited capacity of teams for the competition, so don’t wait any longer, send in the form and join us June 9th (and 10th) 2018!

If there are any questions, please use our contact form.

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Registration form

Our team would like to participate in the dragon boat festival “Race the Dragon” in Alkmaar on Saturday June 9, 2018. We also agree to the terms and conditions.
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  • Each participant / team participates at this event at their own risk.


  • The organization does not accept liability for any damage suffered.


  • The minimum age of the participants is twelve years.


  • All participants must be able to swim. If a participant is not able to swim, the organization provides a buoyancy vest.


  • The registration and fee must be received by United Dragons before 12 May 2018. The payment details are provided when confirming the registration.


  • Boats of the organization are subject to sufficient availability.
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