The National League and National Cup Dates for 2017

Sunday 30th April - hosted by Powerhouse DBC, Stockton on Tees

Sunday 14th May - hosted by Bristol Empire Dragons, Bristol Docks

Sunday 28th May - hosted by Wraysbury DBC, River Thames, Runnymede

Saturday 10th June - hosted by Crusaders DBC, Crosby

Saturday 24th June - Hosted by Secklow 100, Milton Keynes

Sunday 9th July - hosted by Notts Anaconda DBC, River Trent, Nottingham

Sunday 13th August - hosted by Thames DBC, Surrey Docks, London

23/24th September - British National Championships, Holme Pierrepont NWSC, Nottingham


The BDA National League is an annual series of dragon boat racing events organised by the BDA over the summer season at venues throughout the UK.  Each event has a regatta format, with qualifying rounds, minor and major finals to determine overall placings at the event. Races are typically held over distances from 200m to 2000m.


All BDA Registered Crews are eligible to compete in the BDA National League. There are six divisions in the leagues - Premier, Standard, Mixed, Ladies S12, Open S12 and Junior S12 (under 18 Division). The 2017 league races are being run as Open races, but for teams racing as Mixed a Shadow Mixed league also operates.


Points are won on placings at National League events to determine the position of the crews in the League at the end of the season.  


In addition to the races for Registered Crews, at most events there will also be opportunities for Scratch crews (who have not registered with BDA) and Charity crews (who raise money for charity through their dragon boat racing) to enter races in their own classes. There may also be events for Ladies (all female), Mixed (between eight and twelve females) and Junior (under 18). Contact the race organisers to find out details of the eligible classes at specific events.

The BDA National Cup is a two day event held at the end of the season. All the crews that have competed during the season are invited to take part. Races are typically over 200m, 500m, and 2000m distances. There are races for Open, Ladies, Mixed and Under 18 crews. A round of heats determines which crews qualify for the Cup competition, and which go into the Plate or Bowl competition for runners-up.