TQ5946 : Dragon Boat Racing on the River Medway at Tonbridge

taken 3 years ago, near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

Dragon Boat Racing on the River Medway at Tonbridge
Dragon Boat Racing on the River Medway at Tonbridge
Dragon Boat racing began in China more than 2,000 years ago as a fertility rite to ensure plentiful crops. Teams compete in Dragon Boats which are large canoe-like vessels fitted with ornately carved dragon's heads and tails. Crews of 16 people sit in pairs and paddle to compete in the timed races. Each boat has a drummer beating time to keep the paddlers in unison, and a professional helmsperson in the stern to guide the boat.

This was the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race on the Medway in front of Tonbridge Castle. It was being run at the same time as a Medieval Fair in the grounds of the Castle. Here two of the teams race along the river. The view is from the top of the south curtain wall of the castle. The two boats are just nearing the finishing line near the Town Bridge. Other teams, such as the group seen here in yellow, stopped to watch between their own events.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5903 4649 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7302N 0:16.4774E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5898 4652
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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