Notts Anaconda: Nottingham’s longest-running dragon boat club


We are Notts Anaconda, Nottingham’s longest-running dragon boat club, and we would like you to join us – come try your hand at one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. If you don’t know what dragon boating is, there is more about the sport as well as more information about the club in the about section.

Alternatively, you can come along to any Wednesday evening or Sunday morning training session. Times and location can be found in the join section.

The most exciting part of dragon boating is that it is a competitive sport and we race in the national league. This culminates in the national finals held at Holme Pierrepont. Images of the previous two years’ events can be found here.

If you have any questions, either go to the FAQ section or email us.

We also organise corporate events for a day out with a difference. For more information on this contact us.

Enjoy the site, and we hope to see you soon.

Club history

On May 17 1994 Phil Kirk was asked by Steve Bradley of Nottinghamshire County Council if he and his friends would be able to produce a crew to paddle a dragon boat on the River Trent in the Lord Mayor’s charity event. This resulted in raising money for various charities in and around Nottinghamshire.

The interest from that day grew to such an extent that Phil and his friends entered dragon boating events around Britain. Entering initially as a “scratch” team, Nottinghamshire Anaconda Dragons were soon promoted to the Premier Division that has seen them compete against the best teams in the UK and the rest of Europe.

We now race at national events throughout the year.

Open day 2018

Notts Anaconda is inviting people with any amount of experience – or none at all – to come and try their hand at one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

The club is holding a free open day on Sunday 13 April when anyone interested, with any level of sporting ability or experience, is welcome to come and have a taste of the dragon boating experience with the club’s prize-winning crew.

The morning is open to anyone of both genders and any age (although under 16s need a parent or guardian in the boat with them). If you’ve never tried it before how do you know whether you’ll like it? You could be surprised! Come along and have a go. All you need is yourself and clothes that you won’t mind getting a bit wet; we’ll provide changing facilities and all the necessary equipment.

The open day is at 10.00am on Sunday 13 April at the clubhouse next to the Forest Ground at Trent Bridge. Hope to see you there!

Worcester race meeting

Notts Anaconda narrowly missed out on reaching the major final by 0.2 of a second, and instead had to make do with a place in the minor final. Bring on the National Finals in October!

New boat

Notts Anaconda have purchased a new boat. This is a modern design, with no bulkheads, and it is also significantly lighter than the old one. This should give us that extra edge in a race situation!

Start of a new season

The club took part in its first race of the new season at Liverpool on 6 May. Although we didn’t win any trophies this time it was a great opportunity for the new members to experience what dragonbaoting is all about.

April open day

The Open Day was held in Nottingham on the 15th of April 2007.  It was a great success and we had many new people come and experience this unique water sport with Notts Anaconda.

Many of these new paddlers then had the chance to experience their first competitive race in Liverpool on the 6th May. From first time in boat to full race action in less than 2 weeks!

If you too want to experience this sport, feel fee to come and join us at any one of our training sessions. We meet by the Notts Anaconda’s clubhouse which is located next to the Britannia rowing club, adjacent to the Nottingham Forest football ground at Trent Bridge. Training times are Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am. More information can be found on the join page.

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