A fun way to stay fit, meet people and race in an ancient sport

The most fun you can have on water.

If you've never tried Dragon Boating before,  please contact us and come down to the beach, introduce yourself for a free try out!

We welcome men and women over 18 of all abilities; no experience is required, just enthusiasm, determination and commitment. You need to be able to swim at least 100m and we have life jackets for those who are a little unsure.


Training is at Tai Pak beach, Discovery Bay on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 - 8:15, and Sunday mornings 9am - 10:00am, usually followed by a friendly coffee.


Pre-season starts in September and finishes around Christmas, building our strength and learning the drills and skills. We have mixed teams at this stage, and as we build our numbers.

Race Season 

Race season starts in mid January, and we quickly start preparing for the big Hong Kong Dragon Boat races on Lamma, Stanley, Deepwater Bay, Discovery Bay and other races, all held around May-June. Training gets serious, rain hail or shine...and there is a lot of laughing inbetween.


We are a very social team, and regularly organise fun events for the team. Race days are always a lot of fun and include some significant celebrating, win, lose or drown.

For more information, or to join our team please contact us at head_dragonboat@dbpirates.com

Or sign up to be a DB Pirate now with the link on this page.


Going green

Our DB Pirates Dragon Boat Team has committed to keep our beaches and waters as clean as possible by taking the Plastic Pledge:

  1. Bring reusable water bottles to each training, race events & festivals
  2. Bring a reusable cup to after race parties and events
  3. Bring food to festivals in reusable containers or to purchase from environmentally friendly outlets
  4. Participate in a beach clean up after each training session
  5. Nominate a  Green Ambassador in the team
  6. Encourage others to join Green Dragons HK and raise awareness

Dragon Boat News

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Farewell Vicky

The events worldwide over the past 6 months have meant that some of us have decided, or been forced, to leave Hong Kong. One of our long-time leaders in the Dragon Boat team, Vicky Conning, is taking the courageous step to return to England, to a new job, and new adventures.

Vicky, we are all going to miss you terribly, and have valued your fabulous leadership and passionate commitment to our team for several years.

Make sure you send Vicky a farewell message if you can't make it to one of the many farewell drinks that will be happening in the next few weeks.

Here's a pic of Vicky at the first of many farewells recently. Liz Grant painted her a small watercolour of our team out in the bay, with the usual ''will it rain or not?" storm clouds looming in the background. She was very happy to receive her special memento from the team she loves!

Jo Jones

Jo Jones

Dragon Boating Coach



Liz Head shot 2016

Liz Grant

Dragon Boating Club Representative




We train twice weekly

  • Tuesday 7:15–8:30pm

    Boathouse area, Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay

  • Sunday 9:00–10am

    Boathouse area, Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay

Ready to join the Pirates?

Click here to register for next season via our TeamSnap App.

Forthcoming races

Kellett Island Cup
Sunday 28th June 2020
8am - 4pm
Small Boat Sprints - 200m
We are hoping to field a ladies and a mixed team. Training will be focused on this race
Let Liz or Zoe  know if you are IN!

Middle Island Cup
Moved to Sunday 16th August 2020
8am - 4pm

You will need to have registered and paid for DB Pirates 20/21 season Membership  to be eligible to race in this.

Let us know ASAP who is IN!

Stanley Races
Sunday 11th October 2020

More details to come.



Registration Costs

2020 – 21 Season
  • Pre-Season: September to mid-December $2000
  • Competition Season: January to June $2500
  • Combined Seasons: September to June $3750

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DB Pirates Ltd
20, 1/f Office Tower 2,
96 Siena Avenue,  
Discovery Bay, Lantau,
Hong Kong