8th September 2018 9am-5pm

Bewl Water, Bewlbridge Ln, Lamberhurst, Ticehurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH

The Nourishers took to the water for the fifth year running for the 21st and final Funraisers annual Dragon Boat Race at Bewl Water. It was a fantastic day out for everyone involved with lots of stalls and activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

We won our first 2 races and came second in a highly pressurised third race. Unfortunately not quite fast enough for the final but we all had a great time trying!

Huge thanks to all the rowers that took part and raised funds for Nourish

Dawn Stanford, Paul Haines, Chris Hart, Piers Fox, Sue Smith, Simon Vincent, Giovanni Cerrini, Tony Foreman, Helen Taylor, Tom Hupje, Mark Lavenstein, Nikki Anderson, Chris McHugh, Tilly Knight, Jessica Simmons and Chloe Miles

And the drummer was Jessica Hatch


How many races will my team get?

You get three races during the day, and then if you qualify for the final, you get one more race. There is a gap of about 1.5 hours between each of your races

How does the racing work?

Essentially the races are time trials over 250 metres. Each race you are in will be timed, and your best time over the three races will be used to determine whether you go into the final. The 10 fastest times go into the final.

Do I need any previous experience?

No. At least half of the teams competing will have never been in a dragon boat before.

What is the minimum age to take part?

You must be at least 14 years old to take part in the boat.

Do I need to be able to swim?

No. Everyone wears a life jacket when they go out on the water, and safety is taken very seriously.

Will I get wet?

Yes! you are extremely likely to get wet from the other paddlers in your boat splashing you, so please bring a change of clothes!

What time will I need to be at Bewl Water?

Registration opens at 8 am and the teams that register first go out on the water first. All teams must be registered by 9:30am. We ask you to be at the Nourish pitch before 9am. Racing will continue until approximately 4:30 pm

Terms and Conditions

Bewl Water car parking

At Bewl, you will be charged £2 per car for car parking. Please bring the exact change with you if possible to reduce delays at the gate.

Disclaimer form

You must sign the disclaimer form to participate.

By signing the declaration form you will declare that you accept and fulfil the conditions of entry and understand that you take part entirely at our own risk. You waive any legal recourse for injury or damage to yourself or property ensuing from your participation. You understand this does not affect your statutory rights. You accept that in the course of the day an official photographer may take photographs of the team for promotional and not commercial purposes by the organisers/promoters and Dragon Boat Events Ltd.

Your details will be held on Nourish Community Foodbank's fundraising database and will not be shared with any third parties. If you do NOT want to be kept informed about our work, fundraising, or future events, please inform us by email.

Safety briefing

Before the first race, you will receive a safety briefing from your helm, and all persons that attend this briefing will be tagged with a wristband. Only people with a wristband will be allowed onto a dragon boat.


Dragon Boat Events Ltd hereafter referred to as ‘the Company’ stages events for and on behalf of its clients throughout the UK and Europe. This event is classed as a charitable event and falls within the terms and conditions agreed with and accepted by the client. A copy of these terms and conditions is available for scrutiny by post (on receipt of a cheque for £15.00 made payable to Dragon Boat Events Ltd) to cover admin, postage and packing.


The Company complies with all industry standards and is covered for insurance purposes whilst staging its events and activities by Navigators and General (106), Policy No.YI054172Q, or a similar Policy on annual renewal. Cover is as follows – Public Liability at least £5 million, Employers Liability £10 million. Cover is reviewed continually and conforms to the industry standard for the events and activities undertaken by the Company. The Company is also accredited by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) for the provision of Dragon Boat Racing to persons under the age of 18. Copies of the certificates and schedules of cover are available for scrutiny by post on receipt of a cheque for £15 made payable to Dragon Boat Events Ltd to cover admin, postage and packing.


In signing this ‘team contract’ the team captain of the team listed here agrees on behalf of the team to the conditions of entry as listed in the company’s client contract.


The team certifies that:

(a) All team members are comfortable in deep water whilst wearing a personal flotation device (buoyancy aid supplied by the ‘Company’),

(b) Team members with disabilities have signed a separate waiver, and have satisfied the Company, that they are able to sit unaided in the boat, be capable of communicating with and or obeying instructions given by the Company’s representatives or via an interpreter both on and off the water and are confident in water whilst wearing a personal flotation device. In all cases a person with physical disabilities must be escorted by an able bodied helper (buddy) who will be briefed as to their duties whilst on the water. An additional charge may be levied for the supply of a trained member of the event team to act as a personal buddy if no-one in their team can so act.

(c) The team accepts that in the interests of safety, the Company has the absolute right to remove a whole team or individuals within that team from a race or races, if he/she or they are deemed to be unfit to race, or if weather conditions or other safety factors affecting the water conditions warrant such action.

(d) There will be no reduction or reimbursement of fees for teams of less than 12 plus a drummer, or in the case of a team member being removed from a race or races for any reason(s).

(e) The team undertakes to abide by all instructions given by the Company’s representative(s).


Team members are required to declare to the Company (prior to the commencement of the event) if they: (a) suffer from chest pains or shortness of breath (b) if they have been told by their Doctor that they have heart trouble (c) they have been told that their blood pressure is too high or too low (d) they have had fainting or dizzy spells (e) they have undergone a recent operation (f) they suffer from bone or joint problems i.e. arthritis, spinal injury etc. (g) any other reason why they should not participate in an exercise programme which in the case of Dragon Boat Racing should not exceed 5 minutes of active aerobic exercise per race. This list is not exhaustive. If you are in any doubt about your fitness to compete, you must ask the Company’s representative prior to undertaking the training and race programme.

Please Note: it is a legal requirement for names and contact details to be registered for all team members for insurance purposes – and under the Data Protection Act 1998 will not be disclosed to any third parties.

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