Chinese New Year – Pipe Bridge Paddle

On Saturday 28th January Powerhouse took to the Tees for a Chinese New Year paddle to the pipe bridge, approximately 13k. We had 3 of our juniors and 2 guests in the boat. On the return journey we saw the local seal who popped up to see what all the fuss was about. What a great morning.

Duke of Edinburgh – Try It Session

On Saturday 15th October we hosted School students hoping to progress their Duke of Edinburgh by participating in the dragon boat racing. We held a free try it session, the sun shone and we launched 2 full sized dragonboats with 28 people on the water.  They brought there own press team too to interview participants and publicise the opportunity. Everyone had a great time and we hope to see them again next week.


National League 2016 – Round 3

Stockton-on-Tees National League Event 2016

Powerhouse DBRC are hosting the 3rd National League event of 2016 on Sunday 29th of May at the River Tees Watersports Centre in Stockton-on Tees.. The watersports centre is fully equipped with on-site changing rooms, toilets and showers. There will be on-site catering all day and use of the bar after the event (enjoy the bank holiday!).

Enjoy one of the only fully buoyed courses available to Dragonboat racers in the country.

League event 2016 poster

When the racing is complete, join the paddlers at the River Tees Water Sports Centre where we will be partying until late. We will have a grandstand view of the river, from the private balcony, of the River Tees and the Infinity Bridge.



Racing Venue: River Tees Watersports Centre (RTWC)


Facilities include: Changing rooms and showers

Gym with 3 dragonboat ergos

Function room and café

Full disabled access, including changing facilities

Free car parking



The Slipway, North Shore Road, Stockton-on-Tees,

TS18 2NL

(Type ‘River Tees Water Sports Centre’ into Google Maps and it will take you directly to the car park).


From A19: Take the turn-off to the A1046, Portrack Lane towards Stockton;

Continue past Asda straight over the next roundabout and traffic lights;

Take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Dugdale Street;

Turn right at the end onto North Shore Road;


From A66: Take the turn-off to the A135 heading to Stockton

Keep in the right-hand lane at the traffic lights and take the third exit

Keep in the second lane at the lights and follow the road off to the right to the North Shore (A135)

Keep in the third lane and once past the lights, take the turning to the left, North Shore Road.



Parking is limited on site. There are 40 parking spaces available within the RTWC car park, but these will be prioritised for officials and volunteers first. However, nearby free parking will be 2mins walk away from the RTWC, as directed by volunteers.


Trailer Parking:

Trailer storage is strictly off-site. All trailers to be stored (as always) in the nearby Prestons of Potto haulage yard, roughly 1min drive away. See picture below.

Boat Loading:

Please aim to arrive as early as possible as access to the slipway is limited and becomes congested quickly. Boats are to be loaded onto the water with the aid of other crews, then moved away from the slipway to the jetties.


Provisional Race Program:

We will have four lane racing (each lane is deeper than 5m) with a round-robin format over 200m, 500m and 2000m (single turn) distances. The course is buoyed, all races count towards league points.


Race Categories:

200m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Ladies Cup, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Juniors, 1st 2nd 3rd.

500m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

500m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

2000m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

2000m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

Scratch Competition WInner.


Crew Managers:

The crew managers meeting will take place in the bar at 08:45. Racing will commence at 09:30, boat loading for the first race should be at 09:20. Racing is expected to be complete by 17:00.


Tents & Marquees:

These can be erected directly in front of the boathouse shutters. However please keep the public footpath open, this is marked by the change in the concrete blockwork, roughly 5m in front of the shutters. Weights will be required to secure tents/marquees if windy, due to the hardstanding.


Additional Notices:

Please note that there is limited locker storage space within the RTWC for valuables. Paddlers are reminded to take personal responsibility for any valuables that you choose to bring to each event.


More Charity work

We continue to help raise money for charity with our first Sport Relief paddlathon.  Local staff from Sainsburys took to the river to paddle thier sport relief mile finishing off with a two boat race.  Everyone had a wonderful time and we will let you know how much money was raised.

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Powerhouse 2016

As we see the the clocks about to change and the racing season looming Powerhouse have an exciting year ahead.  We are hosting the National League event on 29th May and we are currently in training getting ready for the start of the race season with our first event being Crosby on the 1st May bank holiday weekend.  

We have 6 members who have been selected for the Great Britain Senior Team to race in Rome in July and the club are hosting a number of events this year including a Sport Relief day for Sainsburys that was a huge success.


Round 4 of the British National Dragon Boat League

Round 4 of the British National Dragon Boat League will take place at 10am on Sunday 14th June at the River Tees Watersports Centre (RTWC), The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton, TS18 2NE.

The country’s top Dragon Boat teams will be racing at this event, including teams from London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Worcester, St Neots and others, including Powerhouse of Stockton-on-Tees. We are expecting over 15 teams.

The River Tees is one of the few national venues that can support 4 and 5 lane dragon boat racing – so the racing should be particularly exciting.

The event is free to watch for spectators and good views can be had from Infinity Bridge and both North and South shores. Please come along to support your local teams.

Tickets for our grand raffle will also be on sale (£1 each) which will be drawn on the day with prizes donated from many leading local businesses including Teesside Audi, Rockcliffe Hall, Crathorne Hall, Thistle Middlesbrough, Psyche and many others. The proceeds from the raffle are in aid of our two nominated charities Help for Heroes and Cancer Research UK.



Powerhouse Grand Charity Draw 2015


Powerhouse are pleased to announce our Grand Charity Draw for 2015 in support of Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes.

Tickets have gone on sale priced at just £1 and are available from crew members and from the  River Tees Watersports Centre where the draw will be made at our home National League Event on 14th June 2015. 

We have been overwhelmed by the support that local organizations and busineses have shown us and as a result we have some great prizes lined up.  Please go to GRAND CHARITY DRAW 2015 for further news and details … and of course buy a ticket!

Dragonboating Charity River Race 2015


Powerhouse Dragonboat Racing Club are offering you the opportunity to raise money for your chosen charity by entering a Dragonboat race on the River Tees in Stockton on April 11th 2015. You can enter up to 4 crews of 11 people (10 paddlers and a drummer) into the race against other charities in the area.

It's £150 per crew, per entry, and you get a training session with the club (to be booked once registered to race) within the cost, so your team can be 'race ready'.

All participants should be 13years and over, be able to swim and wear gym like clothing to take part.

Dragonboating Charity River Race 2015

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