TQ5946 : The final of the Dragon Boat Race, Tonbridge

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

The final of the Dragon Boat Race, Tonbridge
The final of the Dragon Boat Race, 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 River Medway in front of Tonbridge castle. It was being run at the same time as a Medieval Fair in the grounds of the castle. This is the final and here the three fastest teams from the various heats race along the river. The team nearest the camera in the white chef hats won. The view is from the top of the south curtain wall of the castle and the finish is at the Town Bridge, seen on the extreme left.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5901 4650 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7359N 0:16.4605E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5899 4652
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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