2019 Rules and Regulations


Teams not competing in the festival as a club crew qualifier must have a minimum of 8 female paddlers in each race. Each team is guaranteed three races and will race once in each round. 1st round times will determine team advancement to the 2nd round and will also determine the winners for each Challenge Series Category. Refer to Format/Advancement below for more details.


The Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival is part of the Dragon Boat Canada (DBC) Race Series and therefore can be used as a club crew qualifier in 2019. Teams shall meet all the requirements of DBC’s Rules of Racing (https://www.dragonboat.ca/download).


1st Round only: Teams will be scheduled to race based on their choice of challenge series category. See ‘Challenge Series’ page for more information. Challenge category awards are in addition to the divisional competition.

TEAM MEMBERS (Non Club Crew Qualifying Teams)

  1. Teams are comprised of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson and may include up to 8 spare paddlers. A registered paddler is any person listed on the team roster who has completed a waiver. A team member under eighteen (18) years of age must have the signature of a parent or guardian on the waiver. The minimum age for a participant is 12 years old as of June 3, 2019.
  2. A paddler on a mixed team may only paddle for one team. A drummer or steersperson may participate on other teams in the role of drummer or steersperson and may also paddle for one team.
  3. Teams are encouraged to steer their own boat but the Race Committee reserves the right to substitute an experienced steersperson on race day if a proficient level of control is not demonstrated. e.g. a zigzag course during the last 2 weeks of training.
  4. Should a written protest be received by the Officials Committee questioning a team member’s eligibility, the Referee will request verification from the Team Captain/Coach. Confirmation of ineligibility or failure to produce verification could result in the team’s disqualification for Divisional and/or Challenge Series awards.

A detailed Format/Advancement Chart and race day schedule will be discussed at the 2nd team manager’s meeting.


  1. Team conduct. Communicating and distributing information to the team.
  2. Gathering and submitting all necessary forms.
  3. Ensure all paddlers have signed the SDBF waiver prior to entering a boat
  4. Attending the managers’ meetings (mandatory for novice teams) and thoroughly understanding the team manager’s package – refer to the Team Information Calendar.
  5. Arranging security for competitor’s belongings during the race and practices.
  6. Ensuring that all team members are able to swim.
  7. Liaise with Race Officials if necessary.


  1.  Attend the Coach Training Clinic – only required for novice coaches.
  2. Plan/Schedule the team lake training practices.
  3. Communicate with the Team Manager.
  4. Be in charge of the team during practices and races.


Registered teams are entitled to:

  1. A novice coach clinic – see ‘Team Calendar’
  2. A steering training clinic for novice steerspersons.
  3. Four lake practice sessions plus a dock training session.
  4. Additional practices can be booked at a cost of $40.00 per session (refer to the Extended Lake Training Pricing Structure if requesting 5 or more sessions).


All boats, paddles and PFD’s will be provided. The Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival owns 5 BuK Hong Kong style boats and rents 6 additional boats from GWN Enterprises for race day.

Official drums and drummer seats will be provided for the last week of training and for the races in July. Only the drum and drumstick provided shall be used to signal the stroke rate. Whistles, horns or any other devices are prohibited.

Race Attire

Teams must supply their own race attire which typically consists of a t-shirt with the team name and/or sponsoring organizations logo.


  1. The Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival Committee retains all rights to advertising, sponsorship and commercial representation for the event. Teams will limit representation of their organization or sponsors to:
    1. Clothing: t-shirts, sweat suits, hats, head bands, athletic bags.
    2. Privately owned equipment such as PFD or paddles
    3. One team flag to be displayed at the team’s on-site assembly area.
    4. Other appropriate items approved in advance by the Festival Organizing Committee.
  2. The Organizing Committee is under no obligation to individual team sponsors and may refuse commercial representation on the festival site and the on water venue.


The races will be held in Bell Park, on Ramsey Lake and at the Grace Hartman Amphitheater and adjacent beach areas.


  1. The official race course is 500 meters long with lane widths of 10 meters.
  2. Each lane is marked with colored buoys spaced at 50m intervals.
  3. Teams will enter their boats at the marshalling docks and paddle to the start near the main beach and finish at the amphitheater.


The standard penalties (seconds deducted from the team’s time) shall apply in the following circumstances,

  • False Start – 2 to 5 seconds
  • Ahead of the Start Line – Add 1 second per seat ahead of the drummer
  • Late arrival to the Start Line – Add 5 seconds
  • Crossing Lanes without interference – Add 1 second
  • Crossing Lanes with interference – Add 5 seconds from the interfering team and award up to 5 seconds to the affected team(s)
  • Collision – disqualification for the interfering team.

The above list is not exhaustive and application of penalties will be at the sole discretion of the race officials.


Disputes, protests, disqualifications, and appeals shall follow the process adopted by Dragon Boat Canada.

*On race day, race schedules and results will be posted as they are available under the “Races” tab of the website. Refresh your page regularly to ensure you’re seeing the latest post(s).