VENUE | Sydney International Regatta Centre

ADDRESS | Gate A Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh NSW 2749

PARKING | On site parking available.

DATE | Sunday 25 September, 2016

TIME | 07:30AM – 11.30AM

There will be two races: A state team race and a hospitals/sponsors race. See timings below.


FOOD / DRINK FACILITIES | Lakeside Restaurant is generally open Thursday to Saturday for dinner, PLUS Saturday and Sunday for lunch. See day-to-day opening times below.


Transplant Australia is pleased to announce the staging of our first-ever dragon boat race. It will be a feature of our opening ceremony for the Australian Transplant Games 2016.

The State Race crew members will board their boats at 7.20am for training and a 2km warm up paddle. The State Race starts at 8:30am and opens the Opening Ceremony of the Games in a spectacular fashion.

The Hospital Vs Sponsors Race crew members will also have a 2km training / warm up row at 10:40am. This race starts at 11:20am ahead of the medal ceremony for DonateLife Fun Run.

Register for Hospital & Sponsor Dragon Boat Race here

Each boat will comprise of 2 professional dragon boaters (supplied) plus 14 team members, for a total crew of 16.  There will be up to eight boats available to compete in each race. The challenge will be a 200m race with the finish line located directly in front of the grandstand.

Entry into the Hospital Vs Sponsors Dragon Boat race is by invitation only.

For further information, please telephone the Transplant Australia office on 1800 827-757.



The Hospital and Games Sponsors Challenge is open to all medical staff or their associates involved in organ donation or transplantation, as well as to each organisation sponsoring the Australian Transplant Games, they are all invited to submit a team.

State Team Challenge is open to transplant competitors. Please contact your State chair to nominate your interest in participating.

Crew Members must meet this criteria:

  • Be able to swim 50meters
  • Must wear a life jacket which will be provided by Penrith Dragon Boat Club
  • Must participate in the warm-up practice session ahead of the race on race day.


Sunblock, water bottle, hat, change of clothes in case you get wet during the race.



This sport is a social activity.

  • Any crew that fails to observe the Rules and Regulations herein may be disqualified.
  • A limited number of credentials will be issued to each crew. These are for the use of the crew and its officials only and are not to be used by other persons.
  • Each team must submit a completed Team Registration Form, complete with Roster and one (1) Waiver per person to the Event Operator
  • The Event Operator reserves the right to refuse entry to any crew in the race at its sole discretion.
  • All matters not specifically addressed in this “Rules and Regulations” will be determined, at its sole discretion, by the Event Operator.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will be not tolerated and the Event Operator may suspend teams from competition.
  • Event Operator reserves the right to seek legal action against a team or crew member for damages caused by failing to follow the Rules and Regulations or negligent or wrongful acts or omissions.
  • Event Operator reserves the right to waive, amend and add to any of the Rules and Regulations.
  • Crew members are not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages during the event.


  • Crew members must be able to swim at least 50 meters wearing light clothing. It is the responsibility of the organization or individual entering a crew to make sure that all members of the crew comply with this rule.
  • Each crew member is solely responsible for his or her own safety during official practice sessions and during races.
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD’s) will be provided to all crew members and must be worn in the proper manner at all times while in the dragon boat.
  • These rules concerning safety should not be construed as authority over and above requirements necessitated by regulatory agencies.
  • In the event of a swamped boat, all crew members must stay with the boat, report any missing persons to the steer person and wait for further instructions from a safety official.


  • A “Registered Crew Member” is any person who is listed on race roster (also referred to herein as “crew member”).
  • All Registered Crew Members must sign a waiver/release/assumption/indemnity in a form required by Event Operator (“Waiver”) stating that they have read the conditions of the waiver and are aware of the risks associated with Dragon Boat racing, and accept and thus waive any right or course of action they may have against the Event Operator, sponsors, supporters or any organizations connected with the event for injury or death to person(s) or loss/damage to personal property. Crew members who are under the age of eighteen (18) years must have the Waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in any dragon boat activities.  Minimum age 16.
  • All crew members must sign and return a waiver to the Event Operator prior to any practice sessions, and for race activities.
  • Event Operator may require signing more than one Waiver.

The Crew and Crew Composition

  • Each boat may carry up to 16 paddlers for the Dragon Boat races. A minimum of 8 paddlers must be women in the Mixed divisions.  All women’s teams must be all female with the exception of the drummer and steersperson.   Each boat must also carry one drummer.
  • At the time of entry each organization entering a crew shall have the required minimum of 16 paddlers (minimum of 8 must be women in the mixed division) plus one drummer. The drummer must be actively drumming during the race.
  • Event Operator specifically reserves the right to waive or amend the previous 2 rules.
  • Each paddler shall only be registered under the name of one team and may not compete for any other team. In no case shall any crew members paddle for more than one team.
  • Each crew is entirely responsible for its own conduct and for complying with the race rules.
  • A crew’s roster can include up to 16 people including 1 drummer and 1 steersperson.  If the Event Operator provides a crew with a steersperson, that crew may not fill that space on the roster with an additional paddler.  Max 16 people.

Marshaling, Embarking and Proceeding to Start

  • A crew must assemble in the Crew Assembly Area and be ready to board 30 minutes before the time of its race.
  • A crew must follow the directions of the Race Officials from the time it is called to the Crew Assembly Area.
  • A crew must participate in 30 min safety briefing and training session before the time of its race.
  • A crew must board the dragon boat in accordance to instructions given by Race Officials.
  • A crew is not permitted to choose which boat to use and must use the boat assigned by Race Officials.
  • Each boat is assigned to a lane in which it is to race. A crew must race in the assigned lane.
  • After a crew has boarded, it must leave the dock area and immediately proceed to the starting area by using the designated traveling lane.
  • Each crew is encouraged to partake in a pre-event training session with a local Dragon Boat.

Starting Procedure

  • A crew in the starting area must obey the instructions of the Starter, Judges and other Race Officials under the control of the starter.
  • A crew shall not cross the race course to its assigned starting position until after the preceding race has been started and it is clear that a false start has not occurred.
  • A crew must take up its correct position in the starting area in the lane assigned to it. It is the responsibility of the team and not the Judge, to maintain its correct position before the start.
  • When the Starter is satisfied that the crews are correctly aligned, the Starter will alert all crews by raising the horn and give the verbal warning “Attention please”. After a 1-3 second pause, a horn will then be sounded to signify the start of the race.
  • It is the responsibility of each team captain to make sure that each crew member is familiar with the starting procedure. The starting signal is the horn.
  • In the event that the Starter considers that any crew has started before the horn is sounded, a second horn will be sounded to signify a false start and all crews must stop and return immediately to the start. The race will be restarted. The Starter will issue a warning to any crew that causes a false start.
  • Any crew that fails to return after a false start or that causes two false starts may be disqualified.

Race Conduct

  • The proper course for each boat is a straight line from its starting position to a corresponding point on the finish line. Each boat must remain in the middle of its allocated lane and may not interfere with other boats.
  • In the event of a boat failing to keep its proper course and thereby interfering with the course of another boat which is on its proper course, or in the event of a collision between two or more boats, the Race Official may, after consultation with other Race Officials, disqualify the offending boat or boats, impose a penalty on the offending boat or order one or more boats to re-race the race, or both, where, in the Race Official’s opinion, the result of the race has been materially affected.
  • If, in the opinion of the Race Officials, a boat has been swamped or capsized deliberately by the crew, the Event Operator reserves the right to disqualify and refuse such crew’s entry in this year’s and future races. A penalty of $500.00 will also be imposed on the team.
  • If, in the opinion of the Race Official, after consultation with other Race Officials, a boat is damaged deliberately by the crew, the Event Operator reserves the right to impose a penalty of $5,000.00 on the organization entering the crew. The Event Operator also reserves the right to require such organization to pay for the costs of repairs to the damaged boat.