The Brave Futures Dragon Boat Race 2023 held on the Ipswich Waterfront in June was a spectacular success attracting over 250 crew members and well over 1,000 spectators for a fantastic day’s racing.

The crews representing businesses and organisations from Ipswich and all over Suffolk battled it out all day in three boat races over a 200m racecourse along Ipswich waterfront. Eventual winners were FTC Gym in first place, Fleximise in second, ABP third and Scrutton Bland in fourth.

As well as winning the race, the FTC Gym crew were presented with a prize for a team meal at The Forge after collecting the most money. They pitted two teams against one another with one team raising a staggering £3500 and the other team raising £1500!

John, Director of FTC Gym said “We had taken part in the race the previous year and had so much fun. This year, we decided we would go on mass, entering two teams. One all-female and one all-male, plus support crew and spectators. The main aim was to raise as much money as possible for Brave Futures while having a great day of fun.

“What truly made the experience for both teams, was knowing that we had raised £5,000 for this special charity – Brave Futures.  We will be back next year, to have another craic. The ladies are determined to be placed higher and the lads know that everyone will be gunning for them!”        

Sandra Lucas corporate and events fundraiser at Brave Futures, said “The response to the Challenge was tremendous and we are still in shock at how much money has been raised by crews and the support that has been pledged. The funds raised are already being put to good use, funding specialist support sessions, children are being heard, being empowered and given the opportunity to rebuild, due to the support of each and every crew member.

“It was great to see so many local people enjoying themselves down at Ipswich Marina watching the racing and taking part in the waterside activities. Special thanks to Cory Brothers who were the event sponsor and ABP ports for allowing the event to take place. We look forward to making 2024 bigger and better.”           

Photos credit to Caroline Horne Suffolk Photography

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