Dragon Boat Festival

About Dragon Boat

With origins dating back 2,300 years, dragon boat racing is a fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams of 21 people race in authentic 46-foot long Hong Kong style dragon boats. Competitors rave about the excitement, friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the sport. All ages, skill levels and physiques perfect their stroke and timing for the ultimate teamwork experience! Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival brings the most fun and unforgettable fundraising experience to the Mobile / Baldwin County area! See how well your team can compete against other local corporate and community teams – and who will win off the water raising money for children in our local community!

For more information about dragon boat racing, visit: www.racedragonboats.com


Each team is allowed to bring 1 10x10 pop-up tent on race day. Fuse Project will have a several spectator tents that team members can enjoy some shade and watch the races.

Pop-up Tent

A June event means it will usually be warm, but we will have several shaded areas with fans in addition to the air-conditioned buildings of USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. We will have a first aid area, an ambulance and physician on site. In the event of foul weather, we have several indoor buildings to protect everyone.

First Aid Safety

Parking at The Battleship will be free for teams, sponsors &spectators!


There will be a variety of food trucks serving a variety of food on race day! Our 2016 food trucks will include: Von's, PDQ, Pita Pit, Smoking Gringos, D&M Concessions, Uncle Maddio's Pizza & The Galley @ The Battleship. We will have plenty of vendors serving cool treats including: Frios Pops, Kona Ice Truck and Tastee Blizzards & Shaved Ice! For those of you who prefer to shop, we will also have Bottega Collection & Polish Boutique fashion trucks on site!

Food/Fashion Trucks

With origins dating back 2,300 years, dragon boat racing is the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams feel a connection to racing and rave about the excitement, friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the sport. All ages, skill levels and physiques perfect their stroke and timing for the ultimate teamwork experience!

Our Hong Kong style Dragon Boats are 46 feet long with 10 seats and 20 paddlers. A drum seat arranged above the first two paddlers (seated beside each other) holds a drummer - you want the smallest, loudest, most rhythmic person you can find. A provided steerer guides the boat with the steering oar in back. These 22 people make up a dragon boat team. Therefore, you’ll need 20 paddlers and 1 drummer to keep the beat of the stroke. Of the 20 paddlers, eight MUST be women, or your team will receive a 3 second time penalty. You may have up to 24 on your team, allowing up to three alternates. One experienced steerer/coach is provided.

*All dragon boats and equipment (including paddles and life jackets) will be provided.

Dragon Boat

You can enjoy all of the exhibits at The Battleship during the festival. Admission to the Battleship is $15.


Admission to get into the festival is $5. Children under the age of 3, get in FREE!


Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol free event. There are a great deal of options for those would prefer to watch on race day. In addition to watching the races, we will have food trucks, a petting zoo, a trackless train, a gyro gym, jumpies, pony rides, all of the wonderful exhibits at The Battleship. Admission to get into the festival is $5. Children under the age of 3, get in FREE!

Children’s Area

This year, we have set our sights high with a fundraising goal of $250,000. Help us exceed our goal so we can support more children’s projects in our local community by donating here!



Races will start around 8am and end around 3:30pm. All teams will race once before lunch and at least once after lunch. All rowers should plan to arrive 90 minutes prior to their first race. Exact race times will be given at the Captain’s Meeting on the Monday before race day.





On race day, we usually have something “WOW” up our sleeves that you won’t want to miss! This year we will have daytime fireworks that will knock your socks off!


We will be selling Fuse Project Hats for $20 & Dragon Boat t-shirts for $15 at our Merchandise Tent on race day. You can pre-order your hat now at: https://squareup.com/store/the-fuse-project


We will have an ATM on site so you can bid on your steerer and raise money for your drummer.


We will have the Crystal Ice Truck on race day so you can stay hydrated and keep your team coolers iced down. We will be selling bags of ice for $4 each.

Ice Truck

Alternate Paddlers

The team captains lead the effort to recruit the remaining members of the team, keep them informed (we will keep you informed), and encourage team members to also raise money for Fuse Project. All team captains and co-captains are required to attend the Team Captain’s Meeting on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 6pm in the Ward Room on the Battleship.

Team Captain

All teams are guaranteed at least two races. The top 15 teams will race one additional time to compete for the title of Fuse Project Dragon Boat Champion.


On-water practice session, at least two heats on race day, company/team name on website, team announcements on race day, team building like no other, and a community event that grows in popularity each year.

Team Benefits

Each team will be be given the opportunity to participate in a 75 minute on-water practice session with one of our professional steerers. The practice sessions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Each team can select their top 3 choices for practice times. Practices will be held Tuesday, June 6 - Friday, June 9 from 10am - 7:15pm.

Practice Session

Festival starts at 8 AM!

Your team to-do list:

  • Recruit at least 10 paddlers to form your team.
  • Register your team online HERE & pay a deposit of $500 to hold your team spot.
  • Use your team page to recruit the remaining paddlers you need to have a full team (20 paddlers + 1 drummer). Having 2-3 alternates is a good idea.
  • Personalize your fundraising page with pictures and videos.
  • Let your friends and family know with the email options on your page.
  • Fundraise to meet your team donation requirement using your great team page.
    – $2,000 for community team
    – $2,250 for corporate team
  • Sign-up for your hour-long practice session that will take place between June 6th-9th. All teams are strongly encouraged to participate in a practice session.
  • Get ready to have a blast on the water for a great cause on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park!

More info: [email protected].

~~Click here and register to volunteer~~

Want to get involved?

Volunteers are integral to a successful event. We need volunteers for Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival to help with a variety of pre-event positions as well as event day needs.

 Learn more about our volunteer needs

As a small token of our appreciation, all volunteers who complete a full shift will receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and a buff.


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