Women's Challenge Cups

At the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival we are very proud of the accomplishments of our women’s division! Whether you are in your first year on the water, working to beat your personal best to make it to that coveted A Final, or a club team representing Ottawa and Canada at the World Championships!

Our total number of women’s teams has continued to grow and bring the level of competition to its best ever! Teams of educators, healthcare professionals, a group of moms, an amazing team of physicians (who also like to fundraise!), and friends who like to party and paddle together.

Whether your team is new to the sport or have been paddling for years there’s a spot for you!

Women’s Challenge Cup Divisions:

RECREATIONAL WOMEN – Women’s teams new to the sport or only practice a few times per season.

INTERMEDIATE WOMEN – Experienced women's teams who participate in other festivals and practice 5-10 times per season.

COMPETITIVE WOMEN – Women's teams who participate in multiple festivals, often finish in top 30 and/or practice 10+ times per season.

SUE HOLLOWAY CUP – DBC / SPORT DIVISION WOMEN – Teams who are registered members of Dragon Boat Canada.


Recreational Women Past Participants include:

Girls in the 'Hood
We Sync (Mary Honeywell Elementary School)
Blizzard in a Boat
Fetal Attraction
Draggin' Docs
Fabulous Dragonettes
Wake Up Warriors (The Ottawa Hospital: Nurses, Physicians and friends)
CFUW Dragonauts (Canadian Federation of University Women)
Herricane Winds
River Sisters
Something on Fire
Wonder Women
Fire Breathin Mamas


Intermediate Women Past Participants include:

Party Oars
Chicks with Sticks
Twisted Sisters


Competitive Women Past Participants include:

Bytown Sportchicks Senior C
Lipstick Dragons
Her Arms Hurt
Soldiers of Fitness Women
Blades of Glory
Cascades Women
Dirty Oars
Art Bank Broad Strokes (Canada Council Art Bank)
GTB Girls



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:

Women - must race with all female paddlers, but 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).