Terms & Conditions Overview

Northwich River Festival has a variety of activities and services available, please review the relevant terms & conditions below. Placing an order, entering a team or using this website will consitute your acceptence of the terms set out below.

Dragon Boat Teams

Terms & Conditions of Entry

1. Crew Numbers

Crews may register up to 13 people in their team, but a maximum crew of 10 people (subject to overall weight of the crew and the
prevailing conditions) plus a drummer will be permitted to enter each race. In the opinion of the helm, where the weight of the crew or conditions on the day makes safe boat handling a problem, the boat’s helm has the absolute authority to require the crew to reduce the number of paddlers.
No refunds or reductions will be offered for crews competing or entering with less than the prescribed number.

2. Drummers

Every team must have a drummer for each race.

3. Water safety – swimming

All able-bodied crew members must be declared competent in deep water and capable of swimming 50 metres with the aid of an approved personal flotation device (buoyancy aid). Such buoyancy aids will be provided by Race The Dragon Ltd for competitors’ use whilst on the water.

4. Disqualification

In circumstances where any team member(s) are, in the opinion of any official from Race The Dragon Ltd. under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or is deliberately trying to capsize the boat or behaving in such a way that could result in danger to the crew or damage to the boats, those officials have the
authority to disqualify the team member(s) from further participation in the event. Where such person(s) is (are) disqualified but refuse to leave the crew, it is the responsibility of the Team Captain to remove the disqualified person(s). If the disqualified person(s) still refuse(s) to leave, then the whole team may be disqualified from further participation in the day. No refund will be due to any person or team disqualified and the Event Director’s decision is final.

5. Special Needs

For safety, where any team member(s) has a physical impairment or other special needs, this fact must be conveyed to the boat’s helm prior to each race. They will then be issued with a hi-vis top to be worn over their buoyancy aid whilst in the boat.

6. Previous experience

No previous experience of Dragon Boat Racing is necessary in order to compete, and all crews compete at their own risk.

7. Safety Brief

All team members are required to partake in the team safety brief before the start of their first race. Your safety brief will cover:

  • How to hold the paddle correctly and the best paddle stroke to use.
  • The various commands you will hear from the Helm and what each one means.
  • How to move the boat forward and how to stop the boat.
  • How to stop the boat capsizing.
  • The “Buddy-Buddy” system and what to do in the event of a capsize.

At the completion of the safety brief, all team members present will be issued with a coloured wrist band, and only those people wearing these wrist bands
will be permitted into the dragon boats.

8. Minimum Age

In the interests of safety, a minimum age of twelve years old is set for competitors and the drummer.

9. Cancellation

The entry fee is non-refundable except where clause 10 applies.

Teams withdrawing: Entry will not be confirmed until a minimum of £100 deposit has been received. Teams that subsequently withdraw before 15th May will forfeit the deposit. For teams withdrawing on or after the 15th of May 2023, 100% of the total entry fee will be due.

10. Late Payments

The festival organisers reserve the right to charge a £20.00 administration fee for all payments not completed by 17:00 on the Thursday, 15th June 2023.

11. Sponsorship

The £440 per team entry fee covers the cost of staging the event and is not part of the sponsorship money we expect teams to raise in addition. If you would like to raise money for Rotary’s good causes, or your own, please contact us prior to doing so: [email protected].

12. Head-to-Head Races

For companies or organisations that have two or more teams entering, we will endeavour to organise (where possible) a Head-to-Head Race in round three and seed the teams in such a way that they do not meet during rounds one and two. This then gives the teams the opportunity to experience several ‘training’ rounds before their big event.

We suggest that any company or organisation with teams competing in a Head-to-Head Race organise trophy shields for presentation to their teams.
At the award ceremony, the most senior member of the company in attendance will be invited to come forward to present that shield to their winning team. This would be a great photo opportunity for the company website or newsletter. 

13. Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Should legislation be put in place that results in the cancellation of Northwich River Festival 2023, or any part thereof, the organisers’ liability will be limited to the refunding of any entry fees paid. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any other costs incurred by a team in connection with its entry to the event.

14. Crew Declaration

For insurances purposes, in the highly unlikely event of a member having a dragon boat-related accident, only the persons listed on the Crew Declaration will be covered by the insurance policy. It is therefore essential that all team members complete the Crew Declaration form by 1st July 2023.


Duck Ticket Purchase

Ticket Terms & Conditions

  1. The Organiser is the Rotary Club of Northwich.
  2. The lottery is authorised by a Licence issued by Cheshire West & Chester Council, licence number: 22/LOTTO/3
  3. Purchases are available to persons aged 16 years of age and older, and on claiming a prize, age verification may be required.
  4. If practicable and lawful a physical Duck Race will be held at the river dane in Northwich town centre on 15th July 2023 but the organiser may adopt a different method of randomly selecting the prize winners including electronic number generation if needed.
  5. Participation in the lottery can be made by purchase of one or more tickets through the event’s website northwichriverfestival.org.uk.
  6. Participants will be notified of their allocated ticket numbers once their purchase is complete including receipts and payments in full.
  7. The Organiser will use its best endeavours to resolve any issues arising in the operation of the event without liability other than return of ticket money where the Organiser considers it appropriate.
  8. As soon as practicable after the close of the event, participants with winning tickets will be notified by e-mail, telephone or post according to the contact details provided by the purchaser at the time of purchase.
  9. The winning ticket numbers will be made available on the competition’s website for a period of at least six months after the race has been held.
  10. The result of the race as declared by the organiser is final.
  11. The proceeds of the Duck Race net of transaction and card charges incurred by the organiser in running the Duck race will be 100% towards the general charitable work of the Rotary Club of Northwich.
  12. Where the organiser is unable to contact a prizewinner so that a prize remains unclaimed for six months after the organiser’s first attempt to notify the prizewinner, the organiser may apply the prize as it sees fit.
  13. By claiming and accepting the prize monies, players agree to publicity which will be carried out at the discretion of the Rotary Club of Northwich.
  14. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the disqualification of an entry in the lottery.
  15. The Duck race ticketing website is hosted by Northwich BID C/O Groundwork CLM(registered charity 514727) and where relevant Groundwork’s standard terms and conditions and privacy policy for use of the website apply.
  16. Tickets are none refundable.
  17. Making a purchase consitutes the acceptance of these terms and conditions, along with this websites general terms and conditions and privacy policy.
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