Official Race Rules & Regulations (download PDF here)
Conditions of Race Entry.
Each Participant Agrees to:
The Saturday divisional races will allow teams within a specific industry to compete for the appropriate industry trophy. There will be trophies awarded to the 1st place winners in the following proposed list of categories/ industries. You may enter as many race teams as you wish to compete for the same industry trophy and/or a different industry trophy as long as each race team pays a separate entry fee. If you are a large entity with many departments, or a family of companies, e.g. "Territorial Savings Bank", we will organize inter-departmental races for your company.
If you should enter a race division and there are not enough race teams registered in your division, we will place your race team in a division that may be closely related to your line of business.
Proposed Industry Cups:
Open Race Division.
On Sunday, the Open Race Division will consist of a single-elimination competition. Teams will be organized into heats at random. Awards will be given to the 1st through 3rd place teams. All entry teams registered for Saturday, Divisional Race will automatically be registered to compete in the Open Race Division on Sunday.
NOTE: You do not have to compete in both the Divisional Race and the Open Race Division. You may elect to race for one day only (either Saturday or Sunday). However, the entry fee per team will remain at US $300.00 regardless of your selection.
Entry system: last seats (Row 10 paddlers) should enter first. Load rows from back to front. The flag catcher and the drummer enter last.
Exiting system: Flag catcher and drummer exit first, followed by rows 3 to 10. Leave the paddles perpendicular ON the seats AND place your PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at the bow of the boat when exiting!
Steersperson: Steersperson may enter or exit the boat at any time. Although each team may have their own designated team captain, the Hawaii Dragon Boat race officials will ONLY consider the steersperson as the team captain during the race.
All team members will verify that they (each member) can swim. Non-swimmers, if any, shall provide for themselves a United States of America Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for their personal use during all race practices and during all races prior to boarding the boat. Non-swimmers will be prohibited from boarding the boats without wearing their floatation equipment. It is up to each team to monitor their own paddlers and participants.