For the third-year running, the University is entering a team to the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2015.
The Solent team, jointly sponsored by Governor Dr Lawrence Lee and Solent Sport, includes 16 crew members and one drummer, all of them either staff or students at the University.
In 2012 the Solent team competed against 34 other crews which included five professional crews, several club crews and even Team GB, and still managed to finish in third position in the Charity Entries final and in 12th position in the overall races.Why not support the Solent team this year?
About the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
According to both legend and history, it is said that the Dragon Boat Festival originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era the Olympic Games began in Greece.
Today dragon boat racing is one of the most popular water sports both in China and overseas. Over a decade ago, London Chinatown Lions Club organised the first Dragon Boat Festival in the London Docklands as a fund raiser for Chinese schools around the M25 area.
This event has developed into a major cultural event in the capital, attracting up to 10,000 attendees each year. The festival is an excellent chance for everyone to experience Chinese culture, while enjoying the thrill of competing and raising money for charity.
The dragon boat racing promises to be as exciting as ever - with four different cups up for grabs from a revised, more competitive format. There will be plenty of entertainment, activities and attractions for a great family day out too.
- 8.30am - Team boat registration
- 10am - Racing competition starts
- 12 noon - Entertainment starts
- 12.30pm - Dragon eye-dotting ceremony
- 12.45pm - Speeches
- 5.30pm - Dragon boat racing finals
- 5.45pm - Trophies presentation
- 5.55pm - Raffle draw
- 6pm - Closing.