THE annual Dragon Boat Race between Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) regiments is returning next month.

RLC Inter-Regiment Dragon Boat Race will take place on the Culham Reach of the Thames by Rye Farm Meadow on Sunday, September 11 from 11am until 6pm.

It is a popular event for the RLC with teams coming from across the country. It is centred on Abingdon as Oxfordshire is home to 4 RLC Regiments - Bicester, two in Abingdon, and 11 EOD bomb disposal in Didcot. 

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The event is organised by The Oxfordshire Committee of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and 10 RLC regiments compete for a trophy currently held by 17 Ports and Maritime Regiment in Southampton.

The dragon boats are supplied by Henley Dragons from the Eyot Centre in Henley and each team is comprised of 16 paddlers plus a drummer.

Each team should have a bout 20 people so different members can race throughout the day and they can be mixed or all male or all female.

Each team has three heat races followed by a knock-out competition. All equipment is provided by the organisers.

This year, the awards will be presented by Colonel Allen, ADC, of Colonel Royal Logistics Corps. 

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As well as a competition it is a family day for the teams and their supporters which can be enjoyed by members of the public.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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