Congratulations to all the teams who took part in the 6th annual Dragon Boat Races on Sunday 3 June at Goldsworth Park Lake, Woking.
Sponsored by Trident Honda, the event saw 10 teams take to the water in brightly painted, dragon-headed boats on an extremely hot and blisteringly sunny day.
The event provided a colourful spectacle for all our visitors during the day, who came to the lakeside to cheer on the rowers and to enjoy the family fun day activities on the bank too.
Our team, the Trident Otters, won its first race convincingly, won its second race against the Hospice Heroes with a photo finish, before being finally beaten in the third race, despite achieving our best time of the day and possible to date!
The worthy winners, Team Seymours from Seymours' Estate Agents, crossed the lake in a very speedy 57.94 seconds.
Second and third places were won by two teams from Natta Building Company, the 'Average Team' and the 'Dream Team'.
Richard Roberts, managing director of Trident Honda, said:
Trident Honda partnered with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices for the annual Dragon Boat Race on 25 June, which is expected to raise a final total of more than £18,000, including pledged sponsorship from the rowing teams.
The event, which is held at Goldsworth Park Lake, is sponsored by Trident Honda and in memory of Kris Cook, who grew up close to the lake where he pursued his love of water sports and was a keen supporter of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
The race saw teams of 12-20 people taking the plunge to race across the lake in special boats, competing against the clock and each other to win a place in the final race of the day.
12 teams took to the waters, with spectators gathered lake side in the sunshine to watch the teams compete.
Activities and hospitality were also on offer with a bouncy castle, BBQ, tombola, face painting and games stalls to entertain and raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
Phil Wormley, the director of fundraising for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments:
On behalf of all of us at the hospice I extend a huge thank you to our event sponsor, Trident Honda, to their team the Trident Otters and to all the teams who took part in the Dragon Boat Race.
We deliver specialist palliative care to over 1,400 patients with life-limiting and terminal illnesses each year across six Surrey boroughs and we would not be able to do it without the generosity of our supporters.
Richard Roberts, managing director at Trident Honda, commented:
We are always delighted to sponsor the Dragon Boat Race and provide support to such a worthy cause.
Thanks to our team the Trident Otters for taking part, we may not have won but with just 17 seconds between the first and the last teams it was a hard fought battle!
There was a fantastic turnout from the local community on the day and the weather couldn't have been better for it.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and helping to raise much needed funds.
After an exciting day of heats, it was the Amstelveense Stadtdraken team who won first place, from Woking's twin town in the Netherlands.
Close second came Seymour Estate Agents, followed by the Reg Varney Rowing Club.
Please see a full video of the day below:
And another video of the final race:
The Dragon Boat Race dates back 2000 years throughout southern China and is now taken place annually for 20 centuries.
It is a water sport that has attracted the international scene with its religious ceremonies and folk customers.
Before every race, a ritual is performed as a good luck charm for all the teams.
Gather your team for our exciting annual Dragon Boat Race and fun day at Woking's Goldsworth Park Lake on Sunday 25 June, sponsored by Trident Honda. Oars at the ready!
Teams of 12-20 people can take the plunge to race across the lake in special boats, competing against the clock and each other to win a place in the final race of the day.
It's a great event for all the family, as anyone aged 12 and above can race (under 18s must have an adult in the team), and no experience is required, just lots of energy like our Chinese lions dancing in our launch film below (with thanks to the Chinese Association of Woking).
If you are looking for a team-building challenge for your colleagues or club, this is the perfect event for you too!
A team of 15 from Trident Honda entered a boat in this year's Woking & Sam Beare Hospice's Dragon Boat Race on Sunday 3rd July. Trident sponsors the event, as part of our Gold Sponsors' Package, so we felt it only right that we put in a team to compete at the event!
Trident Otters perform brilliantly!
-- Managing Director, Richard Roberts.
None of the team had ever done Dragon Boat racing before, so we entered into it not knowing quite what to expect! Well, cutting to the chase, we didn't win, but were very proud of putting in a respectable first time performance - only 9 seconds behind the winning team, who happened to be a rowing club! To be fair that put us in 8th place overall, out of the 12 teams entered, which just shows how competitive and close the day's action was. All of the team have already said they are up for improving their performance next year, so we will be back to see if we can knock some of that 9 second gap off next year!
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices have officially launched their Dragon Boat Fun Day, sponsored by Trident Honda, taking place on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at Goldsworth Park Lake. As always, teams will be paddling against each other and the clock to raise vital funds for the Hospices. New for this year alongside the Dragon Boat racing, there's even more going on with fun and entertainment for all the family.
Having recently launched a new three year partnership with the Hospices and as the headline sponsor for 2016, Trident Honda have entered a group of 14 staff who will be competing in the event this summer.
Richard Roberts, Managing Director at Trident Honda said:
Trident are delighted to continue to support the Hospices, when we asked the team if they would like to take part they jumped at the chance! On the day we will have at least 14 on board, there is a threat that I might have to be in the boat, and knowing the team we will be doing everything we can to be closer to the front of the fleet than the back!