Registration Notes

  1. The registration fee must be received in full by the Fraser Valley Paddling Club ("FVPC") to confirm your registration for the event.
  2. All participants must sign a waiver form prior to participating in the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta ("Event").  Waivers are included in the registration package and must be completed and submitted at team check-in on Friday July 20th, 2019 OR Saturday July 21st, 2019.
  3. If under 18 years of age, participants must have a parent or a guardian sign the Junior Waiver.
  4. NSF cheques will be charged with a $30.00 processing fee.
  5. Should a team need to cancel with a written notice on or before July 1st, 2019, a refund minus a 20% administration fee will be issued.
  6. If a team cancels after July 1st, 2019 no refunds will be issued.
  7. There will be no refunds of any type after July 1st 2019, including if the event is cancelled due to safety or weather concerns. 
  8. If FVPC receives an insufficient number of registrations, FVPC may cancel the event with a minimum notice of 30 days. In this case, the maximum liability of FVPC is limited to a full refund of the event registration fee with no additional liability for travel costs, hotel costs, or any other costs or expenses whatsoever.
  9. In the unlikely event of cancellation or postponement of the event due to circumstances beyond reasonable control of the FVPC including but not limited to, acts of terrorism, war, acts of God and natural disaster, FVPC cannot be held responsible for any cost, damage or expense which may be incurred by registrants as a consequence of the event being postponed or cancelled.

Official Race Rules and Regulations

Team Roster

A paddler may only paddle on one (1) mixed team roster. If there is no other choice a team may use an experienced steersperson from another team. Teams with paddlers not on their roster as of their first race may be disqualified at the discretion of the Race Officials.

  1. Mixed Crew: Maximum of 10 Men. Minimum of 10 Women
  2. Steersperson and drummer can be either gender on a Crew.
  3. The Team Manager of an adult team can be part of the racing crew.
  4. Maximum of 24 paddlers on a racing crew, plus drummer & steersperson
  5. Random roster checks at marshaling area may be carried out throughout the day


  • Racing fleet will be provided by Festival organizers.
  • Only dragon boat paddles not exceeding the IDBF PS202a specifications may be used (carbon fiber paddles will be allowed). The Grey Owl dragon boat paddle meets the IDBF PS202a size specification.
  • Friction tape and wax may be used on your own personal paddles only.
  • Any "Department of Transport/Canadian Coast Guard" approved PFD will be allowed (except "self inflating jackets") - they will be inspected by dock personnel before each race, It is up to the discretion of the dock manager if the personal
  • Flotation Device will be allowed.


  • Races will be 200m & 500 m races
  • There will be 4-6 lanes (may change based on teams registered)


  • Starter will position Start boat across the Start Line
  • Race Referee will have the boats line up in their proper lanes 2 boat lengths back of the Start Line
  • Race Referee will hand the race over to the Starter
  • In the event of windy conditions - ‘Running Starts’ will be used
  • Race Referee will have the boats line up 3 boat lengths behind the Start Line
  • Race Referee will hand the race over to the Starter

The start commands will be:

1. "We have alignment"



4. An air horn blast or similar signal (from 1-5 seconds after "attention please")


At the official’s discretion, a re-race may be ordered when:

  1. There is a false start called by the Starter, or
  2. There is clearly a collision within the first 50M of the race, or
  3. There is an equipment breakage, other than paddle, within the first 50M of the race

There will absolutely be no grounds for re-races once all boats have passed the 50M mark, except one that is initiated by Officials under extraordinary circumstances.


Protests require a $30 non-refundable fee and the protest must be in written form

A team may protest:
Illegal paddle/PFD used by another team, a crew not complying with the roster rule
Collision initiated by another team during the race
A protest must be brought up prior to your team leaving the Dock area. Otherwise, the offence cannot be verified.

A team may not protest:
Boat/lane assignment
Interference from another boat that did not result in a collision


  • At the Official’s discretion, a varying-second penalty or team disqualification may be imposed for the following infractions:
  • Verbal/physical abuse to any Official/Volunteer
  • Crew does not comply with the Official Team Roster
  • False starting
  • Crew does not follow Official’s instructions to change course, resulting in impeding another crew or resulting in a collision with another crew
  • The use of unofficial paddle/PF

Please Note

  1. FVPC reserves the right to change the rules and regulations stated in this document without notice.
  2. FVPC has the sole right to construe, interpret and enforce the Official Rules and Regulations.
  3. Any decisions rendered on or under these rules and regulations are conclusive and final.
  4. FVPC reserves the right to add, cancel, or make any changes to the divisional categories or the race structure.
  5. FVPC reserves the right to limit the number of teams that may participate in any division.
  6. FVPC reserves the right to accept or refuse any entry into the festival.