DragonBoat Beaufort, the local cancer survivor/supporter organization, is pleased to announce that Dragons will once again invade Beaufort on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Henry C. Chambers Park in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Over the last few years, the event has become increasingly popular among locals and out-of-towners alike. The 2023 Dragonboat Race Day drew over 600 paddlers, 30 teams and thousands of spectators to the Beaufort seawall. The event raised $70,000 for the organization’s Outreach Program which helps cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in Beaufort County with needs that are typically not met through traditional means. Funds raised during Race Day go directly to support DragonBoat Beaufort’s Cancer Outreach Mission.

This will be the 11th annual event for the non-profit organization. This year’s festival is presented by Modern Jewelers.

Anyone can form a dragonboat team to compete at Dragonboat Race Day 2024. A dragonboat team consists of 20 paddlers, 2 alternates (recommended) and one drummer. All teams will be trained how to safely and successfully paddle a dragonboat with experienced coaches and boat steers prior to Dragonboat Race Day. In the past, teams have included civic clubs, churches, community neighborhoods, military, local businesses, schools, and hospitals. In addition to Community teams, there is also a Cancer Survivor division, a Men’s division and a Seniors division for people over 50.

On Race Day, teams will paddle in three races (weather permitting) competing for medals. There will be awards for Best Tee Shirt Design, Best Tent Decoration, Best Team Spirit, Best Dressed Drummer, Most Money Raised by a Drummer on Race Day, Fastest Overall Team, Fastest Local Team, Top Fund-Raising Team and Top Fund-Raising Individual.

For more information, please visit www.dragonboat-raceday.com.