For just a moment, the water is calm - then paddles churn the water furiously, shouts fly, drums boom and the boats surge forward.
Dragon boats ready to roar into action!
This is Chinese dragon boat racing and it's returning to Cambridge for the second year. The city's most spectacular team event takes place on the River Cam at Ditton Meadows, Cambridge on Saturday 9th September and you can be part of it!
After the success of last year's Festival where 27 teams battled it out all day over the 250m race course watched by several hundred spectators, organisers, Gable Events and sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge are expecting many more local companies, clubs and organisations to take the plunge and enter teams. All will be seeking to knock the Mercedes Marauders of Mercedes-Benz off their pedestal as reigning champions
Last year, Mercedes Marauders won a closely fought final with Last Days of Freedom from Rob Everett Stag's Party in second place and Wicked Warriors from Wicked Wheels in third. Top mixed crew were Snap, Crackle & YOS representing Cambridgeshire Youth Offending Service with Papworth Hospital (Lung John Silver) in second and Cambridgeshire Highways Partnership in third. The King's Head won the Charity Trophy, raising an amazing sum of more than 1,400 for the nominated charity, East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).
Exciting, colourful and great fun, there is plenty of time to raise a crew of between eight and 10 paddlers plus a drummer to take part. All the boats and racing equipment are provided and no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit! As well as the racing there'll be lots of fun activities on the bank to keep your crew, families and friends entertained throughout the day including fun fair, Chinese lion dance, live music, children's activities and entertainers plus food stalls and refreshments.
Carol Lester of Festival organisers, Gable Events said 'We look forward to working with Robinsons Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge and our official media supporters Star 107FM and Cambridgeshire Pride to ensure the Festival is even bigger and better this year.
'It's a great chance for local people to try something completely different, enjoy a fabulous day out and raise money for EACH. As a special incentive for crews to raise as much money as possible for EACH, city restaurant Yim Wah House has donated a Chinese banquet for the crew that raises the most!'
Robinsons Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge and smart of Cambridge are part of the Robinsons Motor Group, an East Anglian based company with 20 dealerships across the region. In addition to Mercedes-Benz and smart, the group includes Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat franchises.
Group marketing manager, Adrian Goldney, commented 'We are delighted to sponsor the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival for the second year as part of our commitment to supporting community events and through this event hope to raise as much money as possible for EACH'.
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) has three hospices within East Anglia; Milton in Cambridge, Quidenham in Norfolk and Ipswich in Suffolk. The charity exists to maximise the quality of life for life-limited children and their families and relies on voluntary donations in order to help local children and their families make the most of their precious time together.
To find out more about the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival and how to enter a team, telephone Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.