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Get ready to Race the Dragon… ten days to go until the Dover Regatta 2024


The Dragon Boat Race, sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is the main event for this year’s summer extravaganza on Saturday 6th July. Now is the final call for entries for adrenaline-fuelled team fun on the water.

The Port of Dover is counting down to its biggest event of the year, with The Dragon Boat Race back with a bang, and more activities announced today, spanning across Dover’s seafront, Marina Curve and Clocktower Square.

The Dover Regatta brings thousands of families together from across Kent and beyond every summer to be part of one of the highlight events on the south-east coast. New for this year is the Dover lifeguards swimming race, plus the opportunity to see the brand-new RNLI Lifeboat Station and meet the Cinque Ports Sailing team, who have recently launched new public sessions in Dover.

The day will be full of live music, street entertainment and stalls from 10am until 6pm, plus local food and drink, demonstrations and displays. All funds raised will be donated to Dover Lifeguard Club and Pegasus Playscheme.

Diederik Smet, Placemaking, Events and Partnerships Manager at the Port of Dover said:

“It’s been brilliant to see the Community making the most of Dover’s fantastic waterfront all year round – I’m sure the Regatta will be extremely popular once again. We are thrilled to have Fred. Olsen onboard as lead sponsor for the first time, mirroring our commitment to present world class visitor experiences here in Dover.”

“The Regatta is a day not to be missed – we thank our sponsors Fred. Olsen, DFDS and Perrys plus local partners, charities, and businesses for working with us to provide amazing memories for the whole family.”

Samantha Stimpson, CEO of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We love to celebrate, support and give back to the communities that we sail from, and as a business with 175 years of maritime heritage, we feel a close connection to Dover, a town with its own rich maritime history.”

“We are thrilled to be the headline sponsor for this year’s Regatta and Dragon Boat Race and are very much looking forward to seeing teams take to the water and families enjoying the event, all while raising money for local causes.”

“We have sailed from the Port of Dover for many years and are looking forward to another summer season of cruising.”

If you can’t get enough of the action, the Dover Rowing Club Regatta follows on Sunday 7th July. Clubs from Herne Bay all the way down the coast to Southsea will compete in around 22 different races in fours, pairs, and singles. For more information, go to


Notes to Editors

  • The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
  • As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
  • Dover is an award-winning cruise port, delivering world class travel and visitor experiences to over 20 different cruise lines each year. With a growing and diversifying cargo business operating from state-of-the-art facilities, a new marina which is at the centre of the revived waterfront, plus opportunities for further expansion in the future, Dover’s proud history dating back 400 years has a new modern twist.
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