Weekend of 18th JUNE – BDA Manchester Race

Traveling mostly by train, Thames crew members traveled NORTH to Manchester for the latest BDA race. But before everything began much of the team managed to relax and explore a city several people have never been before.


Canal Street, known for its vibrant nightlife and being the heart of Manchester’s Chinese and LGBTQIA community, provided the perfect backdrop for an weekend of revelry and celebration. Thames paddlers, who had travelled from afar, were treated to the legendary hospitality of queens of MADCHESTER. Whether in latex attire or wig and tunes, the city did not disappoint. The team enjoyed the city’s music, food and drinks in anticipation for the race starts that awaited the next day.

The memorable night on Canal Street set the stage for the dragon boat races that would follow on the waters of Salford Quays. The Thames Dragon Boat Club was determined to make the most of their Manchester experience, and they did not disappoint.


It was so BIG it made the BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-65943223!

In the fiercely competitive S20 200m Open category, the Thames Dragon Boat Club displayed exceptional speed and precision, clinching a remarkable second-place finish. Their ability to synchronise their strokes and maintain the boat’s rhythm proved to be a winning formula, earning them a well-deserved silver medal.

The excitement didn’t stop there, as the team continued to shine in the S20 500m Open category, where they secured a remarkable third-place finish. This achievement highlighted their endurance and stamina, a testament to the rigorous training and unwavering determination of the team members.

One of the most notable accomplishments of the day was the Thames Dragon Boat Club’s victory in the Men’s S14 200m Minor Final. Their impressive performance demonstrated their mastery of the dragon boat’s dynamics and their ability to outpace their competitors in this exhilarating sprint race.

But the club’s achievements extended beyond individual categories. They joined forces with Team Manvers Dragons and competed as a composite crew in the Women’s S14 200m Major Final. Their collaborative effort paid off handsomely as they secured a coveted spot in the final, showcasing the power of teamwork and cooperation among dragon boat enthusiasts.


🥈 2nd Place S20 200m Open
🥉 3rd Place S20 500m Open

The BDA Salford Quays Regatta also stood out for its generous prizes, as it recognised and rewarded the dedication and skill of dragon boat racers. Among the standout prizes were refrigerators and freezers awarded to the first-place finishers in various categories. This unique approach to prizes added an extra layer of excitement to the event, which would have probably motivated teams even more to give their absolute best and strive for victory. More than they already were of course…

The inclusion of such valuable prizes is a testament to the growing popularity and recognition of dragon boat racing as a sport that demands not only physical prowess but also strategic thinking and exceptional teamwork. It encourages athletes to push their limits and strive for excellence.

As the Thames Dragon Boat Club returned home with their well-deserved medals and fond memories of their adventures in Manchester and their triumphant races on the waters of Salford Quays, they served as an inspiration to aspiring dragon boat racers who continue to join the club at trainings.

In conclusion, the Thames Dragon Boat Club’s journey in Manchester, from a memorable night on Canal Street to their outstanding performance at the BDA Salford Quays Regatta, is a shining example of dedication, teamwork, and determination. Their impressive achievements in various categories, including podium finishes and their participation in a composite crew, highlight their skill and commitment. The club’s success is a testament to the enduring appeal of dragon boat racing and its ability to bring people together in the spirit of unity and competition.