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European Dragon Boat Federation

The European Dragon Boat Federation (EDBF) was formally constituted at a meeting of its Founder Members held, at the Hazewinkle Watersports Centre, Mechelen, Belgium, on Saturday 5th May 1990.

Representatives from the following European Nations were present at the meeting, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany, the Founder Members, with written support for the proposed EDBF Constitution coming from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland. Messages of support were received from Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Portugal.

The role of the EDBF is to develop the sport of Dragon Boat Racing, in its modern era, and to ensure that festival based Dragon Boating retains its traditions and remains a sport and recreation to be enjoyed at all levels, by as many people as possible. This the EDBF seeks to achieve without too many unnecessary rules and regulations or too much officialdom.

The philosophy of the EDBF is that Dragon Boating is great fun and a very social sport. At basic level the EDBF believes that Dragon Boat Racing should be organised with this in mind, thus keeping it well within the capabilities of the average able-bodied or disabled person.

The formal Articles laid down in the EDBF Statutes, together with the Bye-Laws, Competition Regulations and Rules of Racing are designed to create an organisation, within which, the cultural background and traditions and the social aspects of Dragon Boating are preserved; the competitive aspects of Dragon Boat Racing enhanced; and the ideals on which the EDBF is founded maintained.

The purpose of the EDBF, therefore is to provide an international organisation for the general conduct of Dragon Boating and the development of Dragon Boat Racing, as a recognised sport within Europe and to represent the interests of its member Governing Dragon Boat Associations and Groups with other organisations.

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  • September 24 2017 07:01am
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1892020060813402&id=703603862988367

  • September 18 2017 01:30pm
    This is a photo of the regatta course in Brandenburg an der Havel where the EDBF European Nations Championships will be held in August 2018. Our current President and new incoming President are visiting the venue today and running through the final details with the German Dragon Boat Federation in preparation for next year.

  • September 15 2017 04:12pm
    Remember if you have any stories or photos of events in Europe which there are many happening in September, then please send them into the EDBF secretary so we can let everyone know how big our sport is in Europe. Email: secretary@edbf.org or we can share your page if you let us know.

  • September 15 2017 11:00am
    Hot off the Press! The 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships is to be held in Szeged, Hungary from 17th to 22nd July 2018.

  • September 7 2017 04:32pm
    This looks like fun! But hang on if you are in the back seat!!

  • September 7 2017 12:08pm
    The 2nd River Nile Dragon Boat Festival October 27-29, 2017 Main Organizer: Asian African American European Australian – Egyptian Friendship Association in Hong Kong Take your team to the longest river in the world! Take your team to the oldest Ancient Egyptian civilization – Pyramids! Take your team to meet the first Egyptian pharaoh dragon boat team! Register your team now! Festival date: October 28, 2017 (Saturday) Time: 8 am – 6pm Venue: Giza Yacht Club, Cairo Race distance - 300 M Deadline for Registration is October 6, 2017. Racing Class and Division DB22 Men Standard Women Standard Mixed Standard DB12 Men Small Women Small Mixed Small ONLY US185 per person for 3 days 2 nights! For more information: dragonboategypt@gmail.com Whatsapp: +20 1223422935 Facebook/Dragon Boat Egypt

  • September 4 2017 07:11pm
    IRELAND’S BIGGEST PROPERTY COMPANIES RAISE OVER €200,000 IN DRAGON BOAT FUNDRAISER FOR DUBLIN SIMON COMMUNITY & LOCAL CHARITIES Six of the biggest property companies in Ireland joined forces on 31st August for the inaugural Dragons at the Docks, which saw them raise a staggering €200,000 for Dublin Simon Community and local charities. The races, saw over 60 companies from Ireland's leading Property, Financial, & Legal sectors, all battle it out to become the 2017 winners of Dragons at the Docks. Winners of each of the categories: DRAGONS AT THE DOCK CHALLENGE (GRAND FINAL) – SISK PROPERTY COMPANIES CHALLENGE – GREEN REIT PROPERTY AGENTS CHALLENGE – HOOKE & MCDONALD BUILDING CONTRACTORS CHALLENGE - SISK BUILT ENVIRONMENT CHALLENGE – RKD ARCHITECTS LEGAL CHALLENGE – LEMAN SOLICITORS FINANCIAL/ADVISORS CHALLENGE – GOODBODY FASTEST TIME – GOODBODY

  • September 1 2017 10:58pm
    It is here!

  • August 14 2017 02:40pm
    Great photo taken of a snake boat in Kerala.

  • August 3 2017 02:04pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXZ9v09KzZw

  • August 3 2017 09:30am
    Thank you

  • July 31 2017 12:08pm
    European Dragon Boat Federation European Nations Championship will be held 23-26 August 2018 in Brandenburg a d Havel, Germany.