IDBF World Competitions

(Odd years ie 2013, 2015, etc.)
For ODD years such as 2013, the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) hosts the IDBF World Championships. This race is held in different locations around the world where participants represent their country (member nation). This year the 2011 IDBF Worlds was help in Tampa, FL., hosted by the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF). The 2013 IDBF Worlds will be held in Budapest, Hungary.

IDBF Club Crew World Competitions (CCWC)

(Even Years ie 2012, 2014, etc.)
The CCWC is the IDBF Club Crew World Championships. Each region in the US is allotted a seat for each division. The winners of each division at the PDBA Regional Championships/CCWC Qualifiers will be able to represent the US, along with the other winners from the other 3 regions. If the 1st place team does not want to go to Hong Kong, then the slot is offered tot he 2nd place team, etc.. If we have no teams representing a particular division, then the slot goes back to the USDBF and will be open to competing teams from other regions. All of our 1st place winners will receive the traveling trophy until the next race. This is open only to PDBA Members.

CCWC (Even years)- The IDBF World Club Crew Championships are held every even year at a different location around the world- this last summer was in Macau. Each country has their own qualifying criteria. In the U.S. we are divided into 3 major regions, and traditionally had teams qualify from each regional championship (East, Middle, West) that was held in the odd years- so the 2009 regional champs qualified for the 2010 CCWC. We also had an “at large” bid available at the discretion of the USDBF for a 4th qualifier. So a club could qualify for the following year’s CCWC in several ways: win your own regional qualifier, travel to another region and qualify that way, or look for a slot that does not get filled in one of the regions and petition to take that slot. Often teams may win their regional championship but not be able to attend the following years CCWC.

What qualifies as a club for Club Crew World Championship?

(IDBF By-Law 12.3)
A Dragon Boat Club is defined as being a single Crew or group of Crews which have a formal Sports Club Constitution which, in general terms, shows that the Club’s individual members are responsible for the Club’s affairs; that they elect representatives to their governing Dragon Boat organization; that they elect Club Officers and Officials to manage the affairs of their Club; that the Club keeps properly maintained and controlled accounts; that the Aims and Objectives of the Club and its Constitution or Statutes, are consistent with those of their own governing Dragon Boat Association, where one exists and where appropriate the IDBF.

Competitors must be bona-fide members of the Clubs that they represent, for at least six (6) months before the date of submission of their Crew Final Entry Form & Names List to the IDBF and be able to prove such membership if requested to do so by the Chief Official.

Explanatory Note: IDBF Competition Regulations state that a bona fide Club Member is one that has regularly trained and/or competed for the Club Crew that they represent during the minimum period of six months before a CCWC. A bona fide Club Member will normally be resident in the Country in which the Club Crew is located. A Club Member who trains and competes with a Club Crew from a different Country or Territory or a geographical Region within a Country to the one in which the Club Member himself (or herself) is normally domiciled, will only be considered as a bona fide Club Member if they can prove that they have physically attended their Club to train or compete for a period or of at least twelve (12) weeks, over a minimum period of two (2) racing seasons.

A Competitor may only be registered on a Crew Named Entry Form under the name of one specific Club and may not compete for any other Club. Only those Competitors shown on the Club Names List will be permitted to race in the CCWC. Club Crews are not permitted to recruit Competitors locally.

Explanatory Note: The above regulation does not exclude a paddler from belonging to more than one Dragon Boat Club but any competitor participating in a CCWC must have been a member of the Club (crew) they represent for at least 6 months before the CCWC in question. It is immaterial if a competitor belongs to more than one Club. The regulation’s intent is that a paddler can only paddle in a CCWC with one Club at any one CCWC. That is, once a paddler chooses the club that he or she wants to paddle with they cannot then paddle in the same CCWC with another club. The IDBF Regulations main intent is to preclude a club stacking its crews with outside paddlers just for the purpose of a competing at a CCWC. Recruiting paddlers who have never trained with the crew concerned before a CCWC is deemed to be “stacking”.


1996: 1st annual CCWC in Vancouver, Canada
1998: 2nd annual CCWC in Wellington, New Zealand.
2002: 3rd annual CCWC in Rome, Italy
2004: 4th annual CCWC in Capetown, South Africa, April 15-17
2006: 5th annual CCWC in Toronto, Ontario
2008: 6th annual CCWC in Penang, Malaysia
2010: 7th annual CCWC in Macau, China
2012: 8th annual CCWC in Hong Kong, China
2014: 9th annual CCWC in Ravenna, Italy