Dragon Boats at the River Festival
Following the success of this event for the last four years, the City of Hereford Rotary Club is once again bringing Dragon Boat racing to Hereford. The races take place on the river Wye. They are over a distance of about 250m on a course that runs from below the Hunderton bridge as far as the rowing club.
Each team is made up of up to 16 paddlers plus the a drummer who keeps time. Each boat is provided with an experienced helmsperson. Most races are between two teams. There are a series of heats followed by finals. It is an exciting spectacle with many close races. There is something to watch and cheer taking place for several hours.
There is not just the racing. There are stalls, food tents, ice creams, a licensed bar, funfair, tug-of-war and the afternoon ends with the Wye Duck race when several thousand ducks float down the river and someone wins £1000.