Isle of Wight Festival Dragon Boat Race

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2017 announces their second Dragon Boat Race in partnership with Stand Up To Cancer

Island Harbour, Isle of Wight, Thursday 27th April


The Isle of Wight Festival is hosting the Dragon Boat Race on Thursday 27th, in partnership with Stand Up To Cancer. This is the third time a race of this kind has taken place on the island, with national and local companies competing on the water in a series of races and enjoying a day of entertainment at Island Harbour.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Race raised over £64,000 for Stand Up To Cancer, with over 300 people making up 20 teams signing up to take part in the event. The likes of Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Caroline Corr and Nicholas Pinnock have previously joined in on the fun, with a giant Dragon Skull from Game of Thrones home entertainment promotion taking pride of place at the Harbour – watch out for it again this year!

Caroline Giddings, Commercial Director of The Isle of Wight Festival said: “We’re delighted to host the third annual Dragon Boat Race in partnership with Stand Up to Cancer. Last year’s race raised an incredible £64,000! The Dragon Boat Race is the perfect way mark the countdown to the festival.”

Graham White, director of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “We’re really excited for the return of the Dragon Boat Race. Last year’s race was so much fun and the final fundraising total was just phenomenal. We’ve made amazing progress against cancer in the past few decades but one in two of us in the UK will develop cancer at some point in our lives so we absolutely can’t afford to stand still. This year we hope to raise even more money to fund Stand Up To Cancer’s work to bring kinder and better treatments to patients faster so that we can save more lives, more quickly.”

Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire, David Guetta and Run DMC headline this year’s festival which will be the 16th Isle of Wight Festival since it was successfully relaunched in 2002 to become one of the most popular weekends of the summer, with a proud heritage of show-stopping headliners such as Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.

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