Dragon Boat Festival 2023

Lake Winnipesaukee
Laconia, New Hampshire

For 2023, we’re excited to announce that the Dragon Boat Festival will officially kick off on Friday evening (9/22 7pm) with the “Awakening of the Dragons” Ceremony hosted by the NASWA Resort. This will be a wonderful opportunity for teams and supporters to gather to enjoy some festival spirit!

On the 23d starting at 8am we’ll have Dragon Boat races, a flower ceremony for loved ones touched by cancer, and fun for anyone racing or watching!

The Dragon Boat Festival benefits the Lakes Region Cancer Support Team and our clubhouse for men, women, teens, and children impacted by cancer.

The mission of Lakes Region Cancer Support Team is to ensure that people who are going through cancer and those who care for them get the social and emotional support they need.

What to Know About Dragon Boat Racing

Originating in China, dragon boat racing is a team sport consisting of a crew of up to fifty paddlers! Teams furiously paddle to the finish line, like any other race, and whichever boat crosses first wins. Our Lake Winnipesaukee version is a little more laid-back, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be competitive! This year’s Dragon Boat Festival will benefit Lakes Region Cancer Support Team, an affiliate of the cancer support community. We’re proud to show our support by hosting the “Awakening of the Dragons” Ceremony to kick off the festival.

Dragon boat racing is a little more complex than just a bunch of people paddling like mad. Each paddler must sync with their team, led by the rhythm of a vital member known as a drummer. There is also a “steer person” at the back of the boat responsible for maneuvering. Although no experience is necessary, you may want to build arm strength before taking on such a challenge. Teamwork is a crucial aspect of this unique sport. Boats compete at the same time, so coordination is paramount to success.

NASWA Resort is the best place to stay
for your Dragon Boat Team!

Come join the Lakes Region Cancer Support Team and The NASWA Resort for an amazing weekend!

9/22/2023 7pm Awakening the Dragons Ceremony
9/23/2023 8am-1pm Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Teams will receive 15% Off Rooms and Cottages for Two Night Stay with code DRAGON.
Call for reservations. 888-55-NASWA.

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