2024 Sydney Lunar New Year Festival Dragon Boat Festival


16/02/2024 - 18/02/2024
This is a sanctioned event — DBNSW 23-24

Event information

Registrations for this event are closed.

Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival


On behalf of Dragon Boats NSW ("DBNSW"), we invite you to participate in the 2024 Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival, to be held at Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia from 16th to 18th February 2024.

The festival will be hosted and organised by Dragon Boats NSW. All: IDBF Members, Dragon Boat Organisations and National Canoe Federation Members are welcome to attend the Festival and can enter directly following the information below.

Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival

Welcome in the Year of the Dragon at the DBNSW Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival held on Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour, Australia.

The 2024 event will have 3 exciting days of competition that will be packed with competition, music, entertainment and much more.

Competition Dates 16 - 18 February 2024
Distance 200m all races
Competition Class Standard Board (up to 26 competitors including reserves, Drum & Sweep, minimum 16 paddlers)
Age Division Open Age and Junior (under 18)
Racing Classes Open, Women, Mixed (see below schedule)


Tentative Competition Schedule

Friday 16th February 2024: Corporate Crews; International, Interstate & Social Crews

  • Twilight Racing (3pm - 8pm)
  • Racing Classes: Mixed Crews
  • Opening Ceremony (eye dotting and traditional welcome ceremony)

Satruday 17th February 2024: All Sports Crews

  • All day racing
  • Racing Classes: Open, Women, Mixed
  • Race Format: All crews get 2 Heats & seeded Final

Sunday 18th February 2024: Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival Championship Races

  • All day racing
  • Racing Classes: Mixed
  • Championship Races:
    • Sydney International Grand Championship: Invitational race based on Saturday performance.
    • Regional Championship: Available only for Regional NSW teams to compete for the Regional Championship
    • Pink Championship: Available only for Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) crews to compete for the Pink Championship (includes International & Interstate crews)
    • .International & Interstate Racing: Available to all international and interstate crews who don't qualify for one of the above Championship races.
    • Fancy Dress Race: Available to 6-crews who submit their fun & crazy costumes!
  • Closing Party


DBNSW Sports Crews

Your new look Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival racing is here! Enter in up to 2-days of racing including the Sunday inaugural Sydney International Grand Championship and the Regional Championship.

  • Registration Fee - $50 per paddler
  • Racing Classes: Open, Women, Mixed
  • Entry fee includes:
    • Paddlers entry into the 2-day event
      • Saturday 17th February (Sports Crews)
      • Sunday 18th February (Sydney International Championship Races): Race against the top Mixed division sports crews in the Sydney International Grand Championship (crews must qualify), Regional Championship (for any crew who doesn't qualify in the above competition and are from Northern, Southern, Western or Hawkesbury/Hunter Region), Fancy Dress race
  • Entertainment
  • + More

DBNSW crews to enter through Revolutionise Sport Regatta portal


International, Interstate & Social Crews

3-days of racing including the inaugural Sydney Interntional Grand Championship.
Registration Fee - $3,000 per crew
Open to all International, Interstate and Social crews of all abilties. 

Entry fee includes:

  • Your crew’s entry into the 3-day event
    • Friday 16th February (Twilight Races) - Race against International, Interstate and Social crews. 
    • Saturday 17th February (Sports Crews)
    • Sunday 18th February (Sydney International Championship Races) - Race against the top Mixed division sports crews in the Sydney International Grand Championship (crews who do not qualify will still be provided with racing opportunity).
  • Entertainment
  • + More

Tram Practice Sessions: Available from 10-15 February at $300 per sessions, contact us to book your session in.

International, Interstate & Social Crews Enter Here


Corporate Crews

Compete in the annual Lunar New Year Corporate Crew Races event for the opportunity to win the Lord Mayor's Perpetual Trophy.

  • Registration Fee - $3,000* 
  • Racing Classes: Mixed

Entry Fee includes:

  • You crew's entry into the event
    • Friday 16th February (Twilight Races): Race against the other corporate crews
  • Up to 3 training sessions with an expert coach and qualified sweep
  • Insurance
  • All equipment (including safety equipment
  • Entertainment
  • + More

Additional Information

  • If you have an existing relationship with a DBNSW club outside of our Bank St, Pyrmont hub, please contact us for entry fee options.
  • Additional Practice Sessions: $300 per session (Bank St, Pymont hub only, if you wish to do additional practice sessions at an alternate location contact us at events@dbnsw.org.au and we can assist.
  • If you have a DBNSW club who you would like to train you, please include in the entry form


Corporate Crews Enter Here


Additional Information

  • All Crew Entries Due: 5th Feb 2024
  • Payments: Credit Card (if alternative option required, please contact us
  • Mixed Class Standard (20s):
    • A crew consists od a minimum of 16 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 sweep
    • A minimum of 5 to a maximum of 10 paddlers who identify as male or non-binary
  • Average temperatures in Sydney in Summer can range from 18oC to 32oC, Summer rain and hot winds are also common
  • For accommodation options near the race site, please contact us.
  • Meals – there are food vendors available around the Darling Harbour area in various price categories
  • Team Tents available to hire – please indicate on the booking form for pricing and to book
  • Merchandise available on site and online



Contact us at events@dbnsw.org.au for any more information.


Files for download
LNY 2024 Corporate Event