Embassies & Foreign Missions Challenge Cup


Away from your country, working in a foreign land, surrounded by new sites, new sounds, new places. Why not try a new sport too! Bond with your coworkers and work together to show your patriotic spirit in our Embassies & Foreign Missions Challenge Cup. Be part of an international fleet of boats racing for national pride to claim the cup.

The Embassies & Foreign Missions Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams whose members work for embassies or foreign missions, or immigrant services or associated community associations.


Past Participants include:

Polar Pandas (Chinese Embassy in Canada)
Cowater International (Cowater International Inc.)
GRULA (Latin America)
EU in Canada (Delegation of the European Union to Canada)



Team Rate: $1400
Out of Town Rate: $995 *Outside 100km radius of Ottawa
Individual Rate: Cost determined by team paddling with.



Early Bird Rate: $1300 (50 spots available)
Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

Teams outside North America: FREE


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  • Two team practices with certified coaches
  • Opportunity for top fundraising teams to qualify to race in the Charity Challenge Cup 
  • Access to free concert series and onsite activities
  • Opportunity to compete in various community and corporate divisions
  • Team site to hang out between races; decorate to have fun or promote your business/organization
  • Invitation for all team members to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Champions
  • Entry into team t-shirt, team site and team spirit competitions 
  • All equipment provided (boats, paddles, PFDs)
Team Details:

Mixed - must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers.
Women - must race with all female paddlers, but can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - teams are often comprised of primarily male paddlers, but females may also paddle. Open teams can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.

Teams may be comprised of 16-20 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steersperson and up to 6 spares (maximum roster of 28).