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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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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 18 2017 07:50pm
    Attention, Dragon Boat ladies in Europe! Today we present our women's team Senior B / Senior C. These ladies started in Kunming at the World Championships in the Senior-A-Class and presented themselves there excellently. They have won the silver medal three times and have shown that even at a mature age, you can still achieve great achievements. This requires a good team with a special atmosphere. This is what our ladies have and the DDV is very proud of it. They are highly motivated and challenge all other European nations to the ENC in 2018. So what about your women's teams, whether Senior A, B or C. Who's coming to Brandenburg in August 2018?
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    • Claudio Schermi
      Claudio Schermi Congratulations Ute Becker... congratulations to German Dragon Ladies... after Russian and Italian Ladies, Irish and German ladies show up for Brandenburg 2018... now we challenge British Ladies to publish one of their fantastic stories, a video or a picture, and then challenge some other Nation to show up... maybe Hungary? Maybe Spain? Or France? Or Sweden? Don’t brake the chain 🙂
      November 18 2017 07:50pm
  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 18 2017 07:45pm
    Confirmation Ireland will be sending a Senior Women's Dragon Boat Team to Germany for the EDBF European Nations Championships 2018. They will be entering the Standard Boat Category. Are you coming too?
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    • Farooq Ahmad Bhat
      Farooq Ahmad Bhat Best of luck from www.dragonboatfederationindia.com
      November 18 2017 07:45pm
    • Claudio Schermi
      Claudio Schermi Congratulations Julie Doyle... congratulations to Irish Dragon Ladies... after Russian and Italian Ladies, Irish and German ladies show up for Brandenburg 2018... now we challenge British Ladies to publish one of their fantastic stories, a video or a picture, and then challenge some other Nation to show up... maybe Hungary? Maybe Spain? Or France? Or Sweden? Don’t brake the chain 🙂
      November 18 2017 07:45pm
  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 15 2017 07:11pm
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared Dragon Boat Innovate (DBI)'s video.
    Check out the proposed brand new race course in Pataya, Thailand which will host the 14th IDBF World Nations Championships in July/August 2019.
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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 15 2017 08:38am
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared Dragon Boat Innovate (DBI)'s video.
    Check out the course in Patataya, Thailand where the 2019 IDBF World Nations Championships will be run.
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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 14 2017 10:37am
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared Daniela Noli's post.
    Dragon Boat... the power of partnership #teamwork #EDBF #EuropeanDragonBoatFederation
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  • European Dragon Boat Federation European Dragon Boat Federation
    November 14 2017 08:06am
    European Dragon Boat Federation shared Deutscher Drachenboot Verband e.V.'s post.
    Waiting for the EDBF European Nations Championships 2018 in Brandenburg, with Ute and DDV.
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