Hong Kong can rightfully claim to be the world capital for Dragon Boat, so we are proud to be the city to introduce this unique paddling sport to Gay Games. Chinese canoes, or “dragons”, have been a major feature of the annual Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival), first celebrated in China during the Ming dynasty. Over 40 dragon boat races are held every year in Hong Kong.



  • HKCDBA Training Centre and Shing Mun River, Shatin


Personal Dragon Boat equipment: Dragon boat paddle*, swimwear, PFD* if needed *Paddles will be provided if needed *PFDs will be available to rent

Events / Schedule

  • Sunday, November 5. Consists of 1 day of warm up practice.*
  • Monday, November 6 – Tuesday, November 7. Consists of 2 days of competition.
The following Races will be organised:
  • 200m Small Boat Race
  • 500m Small Boat Race
Dragon Boat Event Format:
  • Heats, Repechage, Semi-Finals and Finals: there shall be 6 crews only in each final. For category Senior (Over 60), there will be 3 rounds.
  • *For the warm up practice period, a roaster will be created closer to the date to allocate teams to have time to practice. Locations may vary, but if location is different from race venue, GGHK will provide the necessary guide and support for the teams to reach the practice location.

Categories / Divisions

All Gender, Women’s, Mixed and Senior Classes


The primary class of racing. There are no restrictions on crew composition, or age.


In the Women’s Racing Class crews must be all female and of any age.


Requires a minimum of 50% of the paddlers to be female.


There are no restrictions on crew composition, and they must be over the age of 59 on the 1st June, in a given year. Drummer and helm can be of either gender. Ratios are halved for small boats.

  We encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to register. We endeavour to provide reasonable accommodations as may be needed, however, for this sport there may be limitations as to how we can accommodate. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected] so we can provide you with more details.

No. of Participants / Teams


Registration Fee

$200.00 HKD

Guidelines / Special Considerations or Rules

Dragon Boat teams that wish to use their own steers person will have to pass a water test before the start of the event.

All Information Above is Subject to Change

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