Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival

August 12, 2017

2017 FAQ 

When does team registration begin and end? Team registration begins now, and ends on June 30th, 2017.

How much is the team registration fee and what does it include? Team registration fee is $700 per team if registered on or before April 15, 2017, and $800 afterwards. This fee includes one practice session prior to the festival, one designated 15ft by 15ft team space in the team area during festival, use of the dragon boat, personal floating devices, and paddles during practice and day of race, a steersman and three races during the festival. A tent will not be provided for the team, however, the team is welcome to bring ONE 10ft x 10ft tent and chairs, and set up on the day of the festival.  Organizers shall not be held responsible for any items lost.

What is the minimum and maximum number of members each team can have?

Each dragon boat requires 21 team members which includes 20 paddlers and one drummer. The team can also sign up an additional 4 paddlers who would be substitutes, for a maximum of 25 team members on the roster.  Each team must have a minimum of 8 male and 8 female paddlers, with the other 4 paddlers of your choosing. You must also have a drummer. A steersman for all races will be provided.

Are there different racing divisions for the teams?

For the 2017 races, we will have six divisions. Each team is guaranteed three races. The times of the first round will determine which division each team competes in for the Semi-Final and Championship rounds.

Is there a weight limit for the team as a whole?

We do not have a weight limit.

Do we need to turn in the full team roster when we register for a team?

The Team Captain does not need to turn in the team roster when your team is registered. A LINK to the Liability Waiver Release Form will be sent to the team captain. Team Captain will be responsible to forward this link to your team. Only a maximum of 25 participants are allowed on the team. All team members will each individually need to sign the Liability Waiver Release Form prior to the free practice. Team Captain will be asked to drop participants off the team if there are more than 25 participants. Team Captain may change the roster up until the day PRIOR (FRIDAY 5PM) to the festival, provided that a Liability Waiver Release Form has been filled out online by the participants. All participants shall have a Liability Waiver Release Form on file with the organizers to participate.

Do I have to sign up a whole team?  What if I want to paddle, but am not part of a team? Can you assign me to a team?

If you are an individual interested in joining a team, please fill out the "Individual Registration and Waiver and Release Form" and we will attempt to find a team for you. The individual cost to participate is $35.00 prior to April 15th, 2017 and $40.00 after April 16th, 2017. You will only have to pay your individual participant fee if a team is formed. Should you decide to withdraw after a team is formed, you will need to find a replacement participant or forfeit your fee.

Where is the practice session held at?

Monday through Thursday prior to festival day, practice is at: Gina's Sports Dock Bar & Grill W278 N2345 Prospect Ave Pewaukee, WI 53072 Friday prior to the festival day, practice is at Lakeshore State Park.

When are practice sessions held?

The Monday through Friday prior to the festival day. As soon as the full team registration fee is paid, an email with a link to access a google spreadsheet file will be sent to the Team Captain’s email address that was used at team registration.  Using this email address, the team captain will be able to schedule the practice. Practice session spots will be on a first come first serve basis. Friday practices will be reserved for out of town teams and for other earlier practices that were cancelled due to wind/thunderstorms.

In addition to the one free practice that comes with registration, would team be able to get more practices prior to the festival?

Additional practices can be purchased at $120 per session. You may schedule additional practices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Is there a limit on the number of people we can bring to the practice session?

We have not set limits on number of people for the practice session. But we can only allow 21 people on a boat. Therefore, if you bring more than 21, you have to rotate them during the one-hour session. In the past, some teams were not able to bring all their members to the training, so they have asked other teams to fill the boat so they could hold the training as scheduled. It is recommended to have at least 16 people to be able to get a good practice session.

What is your cancellation policy?

Teams can withdraw from the races, based on the following schedule.

Before April 1st, 2017 --100% refund.  

Before May 15th, 2017 -- 50% refund

Before June 1st, 2017 -- 25% refund

After June 1st 2017, no refund.

You will receive a 100% refund if the festival is cancelled.

Can we wear sandals in the boat?

There could be broken glass in the water and on the beach.  Please wear either closed-toed shoes or sandals with secure straps. No flip-flops, please.  In the event that your boat tips, you may lose your flip flops if you have to swim to shore.

When will races begin and end during the festival?

Races will begin at 8:00 am and is planned to end around 5 pm on Saturday.  Completion time may change depending on the amount of teams participating.

When will race schedules be published?

Race schedules will be published the morning of the festival.  Please note that the race times are only approximated.  Refer to the race results posted live on the day of the festival for marshalling. 

Where will paddlers park?

Parking is available at Summer Fest parking Lot P for $5.

In your experience what has been the key to a winning dragon-boat team? Team spirit is the most important factor for a team to win. Working together and paddling at the same time ensures victory.

Who should we contact for answers to additional questions?

E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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