The Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta is a thrilling two-day event filled with excitement, teamwork, vibrant costumes, and lively music along the picturesque backdrop of the Carolina Beach waterfront and Marina. The festivities kick off with a lively party at the SeaWitch Cafe and TIKI Bar on Friday, where participating teams are announced amidst great music. The main event takes place on Saturday, featuring dragon boat races starting at 8:30 AM, where teams compete passionately for prestigious awards, including the Overall Champion, division winners, the most spirited team, the best-costumed team, and an all women's team distinction. Participants can form their teams with friends, family, or colleagues, each consisting of 11 members, including 10 paddlers and one drummer, with room for three alternates. Individual participants can also join ad hoc teams. The event culminates in an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon, celebrating the victorious dragon boat teams. It's an unforgettable weekend of spirited competition and community camaraderie.

Event Date and Location:

  • The event takes place over two days, starting on Friday the 22nd and continuing on Saturday the 23rd.
  • The location is the Carolina Beach waterfront and Marina.

Event Highlights:

  • The event begins with a Kickoff Party on Friday at the SeaWitch Cafe and TIKI Bar, where participating teams will be announced, and there will be live music.

Race Day:

  • The main event, the dragon boat races, takes place on Saturday, starting at 8:30 AM.
  • Teams will compete for various awards, including the Overall Champion, 1st place teams in each division, the most spirited team, the team with the best costumes, and the best all-women's team.


  • Teams can participate by forming a group of friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, or customers and raising the necessary donation to enter a team.
  • Each team should have 11 members, consisting of 10 paddlers and one drummer to maintain the pace. Teams can also have 3 alternates.
  • Individuals can also enter and join an ad hoc team.

Awards Ceremony:

  • The winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, just after the finals, around 3-4 PM.

It sounds like a fantastic event that promotes teamwork, competition, and a fun social atmosphere. If you're interested in participating or attending, you may want to visit the official website of the Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta for more detailed information and registration details, which you provided in your initial message.


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