Race Report Stockton

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The crew managers meeting ran to time and the crew managers were led out and back to their teams by the lion who had arrived to dance and bless the festival.

The first league event of the 2017 season and the day started at 7am with the Powerhouse team finishing off the preparations for the arrival of 17 club

The course had been buoyed on Saturday and weeks and weeks of preparation and planning was about to be tested.

The first races of the day saw the super 12 racing in Junior, ladies and open category.  Our juniors joined up with another crew to make a boat of 20.  It was fantastic to get that many juniors at an event racing together and the result was just as fabulous.

Times :- Powerspartans 1st place with a time of 52:81 (2nd 56:94, 3rd 58:45, 4th 1:05.32)

We had 6 juniors paddling and or drumming and they slotted into the boat with some current GB under 18’s and performed brilliantly.  Comments from the bank said that they couldn’t pick them out as they blended so well.  They must have been really nervous for their first race, regardless of the fact that they got in a strange boat with other juniors they had never met before.  I cannot describe how proud we all are of them

Powerhouse open 12 ran the course in 50:47 with Powersaints coming in third with a time of 57:02 we were pipped by Firestorm who had a rolling start there time was 56:26 beating us by 0.76 grrr.

Onto the standard races.  What a performance, standard boat racing saw us paddling against Premier crews and my goodness did they know we were there.  The final finished with us in 2nd place of the major plate final behind Henley on 2:16.91, Powerhouse 2:17.33, Rage 2:20.00 and 3 Rivers 2:20.50.  We were only 0.42 of a second behind Henley (loud applauds and pats on the back all round)  We came 9th overall out of 17 crews.

What a fantastic day.

League Competition 2017 begins on Sunday 30th April

Dragonboat Clubs from around the country arrive in Stockton over the weekend for the 1st Dragonboat  League Event of 2017.  We are expecting 17 clubs who aer bringing 22 teams teams to race on the Tees.  The points gained will be the first ones in the league tables for this season.

To open the season there will be a lion dance to bless the festival.

We have a cafe selling hot drinks, baon and sausage sandwiches, soup , cakes, snacks etc. 

Powerhouse are delighted to host the first event on our fully bouyed 4 land course.

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 http://rtwc.co.uk/ 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.


Milton Keynes, 2014

4th event of the season (5th event in the National League). 200m and 500m races.

Powerhouse gain 12 league points.





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Stockton-on-Tees, 2014

3rd event of the season (4th event in the National League). 500m, 2000m and Team Relay races.

Powerhouse gain 16 league points.




Not yet published by BDA