Date: 21/09/2024

Time:8 AM to 5 PM

Location: Katy’s Cove, Saint Andrews, NB

Get ready to paddle for a cause in beautiful Saint Andrews By-The-Sea this fall!

We're thrilled to announce our partnership with the Saint Andrews Paddling Club for the 2024 Race by-the-Sea Dragon Boat Festival. This year is the first time the festival is partnering with a charity, and we are so fortunate to be selected as their very first charity partner to directly support mental health and wellness initiatives in Charlotte County and the Saint John area.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024
Time: 8 AM to 5 PM
Location: Katy’s Cove, Saint Andrews, NB

Ready to make a difference? Registration is officially open – gather your team and get registered, today!

More things you should know

At the heart of the festival is the spirit of giving back.

This year, teams will not only be racing for glory but also to reach their fundraising goal! Each participating team is challenged to raise $1,000, with every dollar donated back to support mental health.

Register your team and get creative with your fundraising ideas! Of course you’ll get bragging rights for being the top fundraising team and you’ll receive a special award, too! Plus there will be awards for best costumes and best team name!

The festival isn't just about raising funds – it's also about rallying together as a community to support a cause that matters. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a spectator, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Cheer on the teams as they race for glory, indulge in delicious food and beverages from local vendors, and soak in the beautiful vibe of Katy's Cove.

Wondering how many people you’ll need to help make a difference?

Large boats seat teams of 17 - 16 paddlers and a drummer.
Small boats seat teams of 11 - 10 paddlers and a drummer.
Teams can be mixed genders.

Race Divisions:

Youth Division – large boat
All Cancer Survivor Division – large boat
Corporate Division – large boat
Come from Away/Sport Division – small boat
Women Division – small boat

Entry Fees:

Take advantage of the early bird rate:

Large boat (paid by June 30, 2024): $500.00
Small boat (paid by June 30, 2024): $400.00

After June 30, 2024:

Large boat: $600.00
Small boat: $450.00
Youth: $200.00

Registration deadline: July 31, 2024

A confirmation email will be sent by the Saint Andrews Paddling Club once registration is completed and paid.

Registration includes:

  • The boat, paddles and PFDs
  • A minimum of 2 races
  • Prizes if you place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
  • Special awards for the top fundraisers, best team outfits, and team name.
  • A section of the grounds where you can set up camp with things like a canopy, chairs, and food to enjoy the day. Picnic table and water will be provided.
  • On-site first aid responders

Other notes:

  • Alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the premises.
  • The race will be managed by 22 Dragons, Canada’s leading dragon boat festival organizer.


September 21

7:00 AM – Team check-in
8:00 AM – ‘Awaken the Dragon’ opening ceremonies
8:30 AM – A full day of racing begins!
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Vendors at the Cove

Final races, winner & fundraising total announcement.

Not on a team, but want to get involved?

You can donate to support this important cause or support a team by contributing to their fundraising goal! Every donation, no matter the size, makes a meaningful impact on mental health.

Charitable tax receipts will only be issued to donations made. Registration fees are not eligible for tax receipts however, registration fee receipts will be provided by the Saint Andrews Paddling Club.


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