Inlet Spring Regatta
Dragon boat on Burrard Inlet

Race Rules

Nothin Dragon Masters


Race Grid – Click HERE. Heat 1 and 2 marshal at 7:45 - teams will be taken to the dock to view the opening ceremony.

Team Roster
A paddler may only paddle on one (1) team roster. If there is no other choice a team may use and experienced steersperson from another team. Teams with paddlers not on their roster as of their first race may be disqualified at the discretion of the Race Officials. 

Mixed Crew:

  • Maximum 10 men, minimum 10 women

  • Steersperson and drummer may be either gender on a crew

  • Team manager may be part of the racing crew

  • Maximum of 24 paddlers on a racing crew, plus drummer and steersperson

Women’s Crew:

  • All crew must be women except steersperson

  • Maximum of 24 paddlers on a racing crew, plus drummer and steersperson

  • Team manager may be part of the racing crew

*Random roster checks at marshalling area will be conducted throughout the day


  • BUK boats will be provided by regatta organizers

  • Only dragon boat paddlers not exceeding the IDBF PS202a specifications may be used (carbon fiber paddles will be allowed)

  • Grey Owl dragon boat paddles meet the IDBF PS020a size specifications

  • Friction tape and wax may be used on your own personal paddles only

  • Any Department of Transport/Canadian coast Guard approved PFD will be allowed (except ‘self-inflating jackets’)

  • Inspections will take place by dock personnel before each race

  • It is up to the discretion of the dock manager if a personal flotation device will be allowed

Race Course

  • Races will be 200m

  • There will be 4 lanes (may change based on teams registered)

  • Each team will have 4 races: 2 heats, 1 semi, 1 final

The Start

  • Starter will position Start boat across the Start Line

  • Race Referee will have the boats line up in their proper lanes 2 boat lengths back from the start line

  • Race Referee will land the race over to the Starter

  • In the event of windy conditions – running Starts will be used

  • Race referee will have the boats line up 3 boat lengths behind the start line

  • Race Referee will hand the race over to the Starter

Start commands




  • AIR HORN BLAST OR SIMILAR SIGNAL (from 1-5 seconds after ‘attention please’)

Re-Race rules - At the official’s discretion, a re-race may be ordered when

  • There is a false start called by the Starter, or

  • There is clearly a collision within the first 50M of the race, or

  • There is an equipment breakage, other than a paddle, within the first 50M of a race

There will absolutely be no ground for re-races once all boats have passed the 50M mark, except one that is initiated by Officials under extraordinary circumstances. 


  • Require a $50 non-refundable fee and the protest must be in written form

  • Must be brought up prior to your team leaving the dock area. Otherwise the offence cannot be verified.

A Team May Protest

  • Illegal paddle/PFD used by another team

  • A team not complying with the roster rules

  • Collision initiated by another team during the race

A Team may NOT Protest

  • Boat/ lane assignment

  • Interference from another boat that did not result in a collision

Penalties:  At the Official’s discretion, a varying- second penalty or team disqualification may be imposed for the following infractions:

  • Verbal/physical abuse to any Official /volunteer

  • Crew does not comply with the Official Team roster

  • False starting

  • Crew does not follow Official’s instructions to change course, resulting in impeding another crew or resulting in a collision with another crew

  • The use of unofficial paddle /PFD