Dragon Boat Regatta

Major Sponsor - Clarence Valley Council

Welcome to the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races page. Here you will find all the information that will help you enter this great community fun day. If you would like to know more information about the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races please contact us. 


Saturday October 26th 2019 – 2k Turn Race – sports crews only 

Sunday October 27th 2019– 200m Races community and sports crews 

Entry forms are available from here 

Dragon boats are long narrow craft propelled forward by 20 paddlers. Each boat has a steerer or sweep to guide the boat and a drummer to assist and encourage the paddlers. This is a team sport where the fastest boat will ultimately be the team who work best together as one. While it is true that a physically strong team is often hard to beat, a team with great timing will usually reign supreme. Team work and timing is really what gets these boats racing through the water. 

The first Dragon Boat Races were held on the Clarence River in 2003. Each year since, the event has grown with over 30 teams now competing over various categories. The Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races are held in late October, a time when the area’s many jacaranda trees are in full bloom. With the river front abuzz with the sights, sounds and colours of over 1500 people, this event is a huge visual spectacle. 

Congratulations to our 2019 winners, and thank you to everyone for your participation and support:

Community: 1st No Effect, 2nd Jetts Fitness, 3rd Mixed Nuts

Junior: 1st Grafton High, 2nd Army Cadets, 3rd CVAS

Sports Mixed: 1st KIN, 2nd Ballina, 3rd Rainbow

Sports Women: 1st Rainbow, 2nd Flamin Dragons, 3rd Tweed/Clarence Coast

Sports Men: 1st Ballina, 2nd KIN, 3rd Rainbow/Flamin

And a very big thank you to our generous sponsors: Clarence Valley Council, Crown Hotel Motel, Liberty Service Station, McLennan Earthmoving, Harvey Norman - without your support we would not be able to run this regatta. Your continued support is very much appreciated.