There be dragons in Royal Albert Dock!

Banner @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

Sunday 29th June 2014 was the date selected for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival based at the London Regatta Centre located in the Royal Albert Dock, in London. The event is organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club as a day of racing, fun and supporting charitable causes.

The main part of the day is focused on race heats of four boats competing to achieve points to go through to the final rounds competing for various trophies.

At the start line @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

Hard racing (5) @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

For the dockside spectators there was a wide variety of entertainment, including music and demonstrations, and catering outlets to while away time between races.

A great feature of the location is that the spectators are very close the action and you can see the crews arriving and departing the dock-side.

Crowds @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

If the Dragon Boat racing isn’t sufficient to hold interest for the entire time then London City Airport started operations from lunch-time with a variety of different planes coming and going.

Ready for take off @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

As it was a charity event it was the taking part that was the important thing but winning helps :o)

Winning the race @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14

Whilst the weather wasn’t the best the crowds seemed to be enjoying themselves, as did the teams. Looking forward to a repeat event next year.

Dragons and Jets @ Royal Albert Dock 29-06-14


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