With much regret, we must inform you that the Portsmouth Rotary Dragon Boat Festival will not take place in 2019.
Spiralling costs for hire equipment, insurance and legal advice, as well as Health & Safety compliance issues mean that entry fees would have to be raised to an unacceptable level, which many teams would not be able to fund.
The event has been run for the last 13 years and has been extremely successful in facilitating teams to raise significant amounts for their chosen charities. It is estimated that over £250,000 has been raised since the event began, and teams should be very proud of the efforts they have made and benefits provided to their charities.
It is possible that a similar event may take place in 2019 at around the same time of year, so watch for advanced publicity.
If you have taken part in the Festival, or even if you have supported the event as a spectator, thank you so much for your valuable contribution.
Portsmouth Rotary Dragon Boat Festival Committee.
This year's Dragonboat Festival took place on ...
If you were in one of the teams taking part in the 2018 festival, or if you attended as as a spectator, we sincerely hope you
enjoyed the event.
If you would like to see a video report of the event, please click on the link below: