Jersey

Jersey's charity Dragon Boat race could raise £65K

A dragon boat
Image caption Organisers of the Dragon Boat Festival hope to raise £65,000 this year

Organisers hope a Dragon Boat Festival will raise £65,000 for Jersey Hospice Care.

Sixty teams from local banks, schools, companies and other groups have registered to race on Saturday.

Last year it raised a record £55,000 and organisers said they hoped to beat that by £10,000 this time.

The dragon boats are 40ft long and canoe-like, and usually decorated with bright colours and dragons heads and tails.

Sixteen people are in each crew taking on the 250m course in front of Albert Pier.

Crowds of people are expected to watch the racing.

There will be plate spinning, a Chinese themed art and craft stall and competitions such as guess the name of the meerkat and spot the ball.

In the Dragon Boat racing the seven fastest teams and the team raising the most for Jersey Hospice Care will battle it out for the top prize.

Event Co-ordinator, Linzi Duckworth said: "This event gets bigger and better every year."

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