The inaugural Suncoast Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL on March 19th, 2016.  This exciting and interactive community event promotes the beautiful new paddling/rowing venue at Nathan Benderson Park, while celebrating a healthy lifestyle and team spirit.

Organized by SANCA, In the Pink, and Pan Am Dragon Boat Association, the festival will host 50 teams with more than a thousand athletes.  Proceeds from the event benefit In the Pink, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men, women and children heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer, both physically and emotionally. 

Dragon boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world with teams racing in more than 80 countries.  There are major festivals in cities throughout Florida, including Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Key West, Tavares and Jacksonville…and now Sarasota!  No other Florida festival has a venue as spectacular and user-friendly as the new Nathan Benderson Park provides.  It is sure to become the most sought-after location for dragon boat teams throughout the world! 

Dragon boat festivals bring together recreational, competitive, community, youth and corporate teams for a day of racing, fellowship, team building and fun.  Sponsors benefit from the large crowds, while hotels and restaurants benefit from the needs of the visiting teams.  Help us put Sarasota on the map as a dragon boat venue like no other.  We look forward to having you on board.  Paddles Up!

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Event Details

March 19th, 2016

Nathan Benderson Park

Schedule of events:
8:00am – Captain’s Meeting
8:30am – Opening Ceremony
9:00am – 4:30pm – Racing
5:00pm – Closing Ceremony

Registration Fees

Club Teams within 200 miles              $900
Corporate Teams                               $1800
Community & Non-Profit Teams          $600
Breast Cancer Teams                         $600
Club Teams traveling 200+ miles        $600

Register Now!

aerial shot of Nathan Benderson Park