May Captain’s Update

Hello Captains and Paddlers!

We have hit the middle of May and less than 6 weeks until Race Day. We have 25 teams registered, and two teams in the pipeline awaiting check approval. We now only have ONE SLOT AVAILABLE, and then the field is full. Team registration deadline is June 3rd. Let me know as soon as possible if you are coming! “First come, first served.”

To all my teams that have already registered, I need you to complete your team-bio! We need more than just a one line sentence. Our announcer, “Jeff “T-Bone” Taylor from 104.9 The Surf, reads your bio throughout the day. So tell us a little more about you, your team, and especially if your team was sponsored. Make sure you mention their name as well. They helped get you there.

Keep building your team. Some teams already have a full roster and that is great! Let me know if you need paddlers, I may be able to help you out, but you need a minimum of 16 paddlers, a drummer, AND don’t forget at least 8 females paddling in each race. Men’s Division is exempt, of course, to this rule. Let’s fill those boats up with 20 paddlers and a drummer!

This year everyone has to sign a waiver before paddling. We are in the process of getting that together. When I get them, you will get them.

A practice session will be set up the week of race day, but I cannot set the schedule until registration closes. Most likely it will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 9 slots (3 boats on the water) each day.

To all my teams that are traveling, we are hoping to firm up all hotel plans by the end of this week. We are talking with Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn for blocks of rooms and special rates. Please do not contact them yet, until I give you the go ahead. I may be able to give you a special link to book your room, so hang tight….

To ALL my paddlers, FUNDRAISE, FUNDRAISE, FUNDRAISE!!! This is why we do this, to provide assistance for cancer patients that live, work or receive treatment in Beaufort County. We help mitigate the financial stresses that can impede treatment, medically and emotionally.

Put together a little correspondence about you and why you are doing this, then send it to all your friends, family, and co-workers. Be sure to put it on social media. You will be surprised at the responses you’ll get back! Our goal this year is $80,000. We can do this!

If you have any questions feel free to email, text, or call me! I am here to help you.

Paddles Up!!!

Darlene McGrath
Race Day Teams Coordinator

Out of Town Teams

Hello Captains, and welcome to “Dragonboat Race Day 2023”! We have already started planning for another successful fundraising event, and we hope y’all will be a part of it again this year.


The website is up and running; and you can start to register your team NOW!! Take advantage of the new early bird discount. If you register your team by April 15, 2023, you will receive a $100 discount. That’s right! $100’s off the regular registration fee of $1000. (Cancer Survivor Teams are not eligible as their fee is already discounted). We are limiting the total number of teams this year to 28 due to the capacity of the park. Be sure to register as soon as possible! I have a couple of new teams who have already inquired and are looking to travel and participate. I think this year is going to book-up fast.

To form a team you will need–

  • 20 paddlers, and a Drummer, (1-2 alternates, optional, but recommended).
  • Fundraising is an option. Please remember why we do this – to help our local cancer patients living, working, or receiving treatment in Beaufort County with needs such as paying bills – water, electricity, rent, mortgage, gasoline, and food while undergoing treatments. THEY NEED YOUR HELP! You can make a difference. Our fundraising goal this year is $80,000….

Teams must have at least 8 women paddling in each race (Men’s Div excluded). Cancer Survivor Teams must have at least 8 cancer survivors paddling in each race.

Senior Teams, all paddlers & the drummer must be at least 50 years old.

Men’s Division. A new category this year limiting it to 4 teams. We have three teams already talking about it. So if you have a team in mind let me know.

Note: when registering your team please make sure to register under the proper category– i.e. Community/Club, Cancer Survivor, Men, or Senior team. This will help us place the correct teams together, in the same heats on race day, and make racing a fun and even battlefield!!

Welcome Captains

Hello Captains, and welcome to the DragonBoat Race Day 2023. We are excited to get this year kicked off and started.
Attached is your opening letter, what is needed to form a team, and to let you know registration is open. So, sign your team up!!
Please let me know if you do not want to be on this emailing list. I have included some teams that we have had in the past but did not sign-up last year. All are welcomed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My email and number are attached.

Thank You,
Paddles Up!
Darlene McGrath
Race Day Teams Coordinator


A big thank you to all our sponsors!