Ringrose Law has joined in the Chinese New Year celebrations this week with the launch of the Lincoln Dragon Boat Challenge 2019. Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history and according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is the Year of the Pig.

In the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Pig are believed to have beautiful personalities and be blessed with good fortune. According to Chinese culture pigs enjoy life, they are energetic and always enthusiastic with a good sense of humour. Given the chance, they take positions of power and it is said that holding solid objects gives them security so leading their crew to victory with a paddle in their hands should come naturally!

This spectacular event takes place on the Brayford Waterfront on Saturday 20th July, with the fast and furious racing starting from 12noon.

More than 16 crews from across Lincolnshire and Newark are expected to battle it out in 30ft brightly painted Chinese dragon boats over the 200m course, watched by several hundred spectators.

Each crew is made up of up to 10 paddlers, a beating drummer at the front of the boat and a steering helm (provided by the organisers) at the tail end.

The ancient festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike, with food and drink stalls and plenty of fun for all the family.

This year the event is being held to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Nomad – part of YMCA Lincolnshire in Lincoln. Nomad is part of YMCA Lincolnshire, celebrating their 150th year anniversary this year. Funds are currently being raised for a new 24/7 homeless facility in Lincoln, providing a safe haven, day and night, offering wrap around support and care for those who require it. The project is expected to cost £1.2million.

The Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance celebrates its 25th Anniversary year this year. Since 1994, the Air Ambulance have flown over 19,700 potentially life-saving missions – providing pre-hospital critical care across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance crew is called out to around 1,000 medical emergencies every single year, with each potentially life-saving mission costing approximately £2,500. 

Gemma Shaw, Fundraising Manager at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said:

“We are delighted that the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance will benefit from the support of this year’s Lincoln Dragon Boat Race. It is always a fun-filled day and a great way for local people and businesses to get involved and show their support to a number of worthy causes. I had the opportunity to join the Dragon Boat Race last year and can honestly say it was a brilliant day.

“2019 is an extra special year for our Charity, as we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We are really excited to be marking this milestone with lots of different activities and we cannot wait to join in with the celebrations at this year’s Lincoln Dragon Boat Race.

“As a Charity, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives no direct Government funding, meaning our services are funded entirely by generous donations. With this incredible support, our Ambucopter will be able to attend more potentially life-saving missions and help even more people across Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire.”

For more information and an entry form, please contact Alex Bennett on [email protected] or go to www.ringroselaw.co.uk/lincsdbr