Dragon Boating commenced on the Clarence River in 2003 when a community regatta for the region’s annual Jacaranda Festival was organised. The event became known as the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races and was an annual event held at the end of October. In 2006 a keen group of participants worked tirelessly to form the Grafton Dragon Boat Club with a borrowed boat, trailer and paddles.
The club paddles from two locations on the beautiful Clarence River - the foreshore near Memorial Park and Corcoran Park. This is Big River country and the mighty Clarence River provides a vast expanse of waterway with a huge variety of bird, animal and plant life. This picturesque environment is our training ground and evening training sessions are often capped off by a spectacular sunset. A variety of training sessions cater for beginners to the more experienced, competitive paddlers.
The club regularly competes in regattas from South East Queensland, all the way down the coast to Sydney, with individual members competing at national and international level. Events range from short sprints (200m) all the way to marathon races (26km).