Henley Winter Series

Henley Dragon Boat Club has now established the Henley Winter Series (HWS) as the winter dragon boating event in the UK.

The first ever HWS event was held on 21st November 2004, with 80 paddlers and 5 crews racing in thick fog round the 7.5km circular course. Since then the event has grown in popularity with the first event of the 2006/7 Series attracting 13 crews and over 250 competitors.

Prizes are awarded for the:

  • Fastest crew at each event
  • Fastest crew based on handicap at each event
  • Overall Series Winner (the crew that records the fastest overall time for all four events)
  • Fastest overall crew (based on a handicap)

In 2006 Henley Dragons were awarded the BDA President’s Award for their contribution to British dragon boating through the instigation of the Henley Winter Series and the concept of the Henley Junior Regatta, which became reality in 2007.

Event Format

For anyone who is not familiar with the event, the Series will comprise 4 long distance dragon boat time trials. Crews can elect to attend any number of races in the Series. For 2019, we are introducing two different distances to accomodate different crews. Crews will be set off from a rolling start at timed intervals. Events will take place on Sunday mornings, allowing ample time for crews to sample some of Henley’s pubs for Sunday lunch and celebrations afterwards.


The dates for the series will be:

I Sunday 20th October 2019
II Sunday 3rd November 2019
III Sunday 24th November 2019
IV Sunday 15th December 2019
C-I Sunday 12th January 2020 (Contingency)
C-II Sunday 26th January 2020 (Contingency)
C-III Sunday 9th February 2020 (Contingency)
C-II Sunday 23rd February 2020 (Contingency)

Rules and Entry Forms

HWS  Rules and Conditions – 2019/20
HWS Entry Form – 2019/20
HWS Crew Sheets (DB20, DB10, OC4/6/12, bell boats)
HWS Parental Consent Form 2019/20