The Annual Cooper River Dragon Boat Race

Welcome to the 2020 Cooper River Water Festival & Dragon Boat Race !

This year S.E.A.D.B.F will be hosting their annual Water Festival and Dragon Boat Race at Cooper River, Camden County, NJ! The competition, a timed 500 meter race between multiple local and out-of-town dragon boat teams, will be held
_Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST – Rain or Shine!_
Be sure to register your team and join the fun.

If you’re a returning athlete or team, welcome back! If new to the Cooper River Dragon Boat Race ( …or new to Dragon Boat Racing all together) feel free to take a look at the information we’ve gathered for you below.


The Cooper River Dragon Boat Race

Our Philadelphia based organization (SEADBF) has hosted numerous dragon boat races, including an annual South East Asian Dragon Boat Festival based at Penn’s Landing. This year, in 2020, we’re shifting to the Cooper River in Camden County, New Jersey, and re-casting the event as the Cambodian Water Festival & Dragon Boat Race!


Dragon Boat Racing | A Quick Introduction

Dragon Boat teams consist of 20 forward facing paddlers seated in pairs. The boats used are long and narrow as well as shaped and painted in the image of dragons (or sea serpents). A drummer seated at the head of the dragon boat helps set the rhythm so that the paddlers work in unison. While this sport demands both strength and endurance, teamwork is essential! Both single and mixed-gender teams compete.


Dragon Boat | A Fast Growing Water Sport

Dragon Boat Racing has proven to be such a fun and engaging sport that its become one of the world’s fastest growing water sports. Organizations in more than 40 countries are members of the International Dragon Boat Federation!



Join the fun… Register your team today!