HOPE CHEST Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival

See the majestic sport of Dragon Boat Racing at the annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival. Join us for a day of dragon boat racing and fun-filled activities for the whole family.

Please be advised that all volunteers or paddlers must be at least 14 years old. 

For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boating is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steer person. It is a team sport that requires power, speed, synchronization and endurance. Dragon boat participant skills will range from novice to competitive though no experience is required. Teams will represent local Western New York corporations, breast cancer survivors, police forces, firemen, and other community organizations.

With its beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating today is the fastest growing international team water sport and soon to be an Olympic event. Race festivals are held year round at numerous locations around the world and now proudly in Buffalo New York.

Team Members

All teams have twenty (20) paddlers, one drummer (1)  and three (3) alternates. We supply all the equipment and steer person.

Click here to register online each member of your team. If you choose complete and mail the the Dragon Boat Festival Registration Form, click here to download. This document includes a waiver which each team member MUST submit prior to participation in the race.


  • Corporate/Community Mixed*
  • USDBF/DBC Club Crew Mixed
  • Breast Cancer Survivor

*Mixed teams must be comprised of eight (8) women.

Race Distances

  • Qualifying Heats - 200m
  • Corporate/Community Semis & Finals - 200m
  • USDBFDBC Club Semis & Finals – 400m
  • Top 8 USDBF/DBC Club Crews – 2000m Final

Race Format

  • All crews will race to qualify for the semifinal round at the 200m distance
  • Top 16 crews (A&B Division) will advance to 400m Club Crew semifinal races
  • Remaining crews will advance to 200m community semifinal or final races
  • A 2000m loop race for the top seeded 8 crews will be scheduled at the end of the day, contingent upon timely completion of divisional racing.


The Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival is dependent upon the generous support from corporate and individual sponsors in our Western New York Community. Click here for more information on sponsorship levels, and benefits. 

Dragon Boat Festival Program

Sponsors are also invited to submit advertisements for the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival Program. Click Add To Cart button below to pay online through Paypal. Black and white camera ready artwork to be supplied by advertiser.  Acceptable formats include Adobe InDesign, Illustrator or high resolution PDF files. Please include all fonts and embedded image files. Image files must be 300 dpi.  If sending a business card or simple text, please mail to PO BOX.  E-mail camera ready artwork to by May 21, 2014. Program costs are indicated below:

Full Page Ad 4.875" w x 7.5" h  $500
Half Page Ad 4.875" w x 3.625" h $250
Business Card Ad 3.625" w x 2.25" h $100

When:  Saturday June 14, 2014
Time:  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: UB Baird Point


Schedule of Events

8:00 AM Team Registration, Volunteer Check In,        Complimentary Tim Horton's Coffee & Timbits
8:45 AM Blessing of the Boats
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Races
12:00 PM Awakening the Dragon Ceremony (Dotting of the Dragon Eyes)
12:15 PM Breast Cancer Flower and Heart Ceremony
1:00 PM Racing Resumes
4:30 PM Awards Ceremony

NOTE: Alcohol is not


Buffalo Niagara Marriott

1340 Millersport Highway                                                            

Amherst, NY 14221

Phone 716.689.6900

Red Roof Inn - University at Buffalo

42 Flint Road
Buffalo, NY 14226

$87.99/night if booked by 5/13/14

Room Block under “Dragon”

Phone: 716-689-7474


Team Race Entry Fee:    

Corporate Team: $1,200.00

Community/Club Team $900.00

Breast Cancer Survivor Team $850.00

Registration Deadline: Fibnal date to be announced soon. Kindly pre-register by April 1, 2014.   

To pay for your team registration using PayPal, select your option and click Add To Cart button below.