Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015


An exhilarating sport as steeped in history as it is in skill, dragon boat racing is one of Penang’s most fascinating experiences. Dating back more than 2000 years, the modern import of this time honoured tradition sees sports enthusiasts and onlookers alike visit Penang each year to see these incredible vessels take to the seas.

The Event
One of the island’s most anticipated events, the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race invites teams from all over the world to battle it out at the Teluk Bahang Dam. This year, the two-day event drew a record number of participants, welcoming nearly 40 teams to the island fora weekend of competitive events and cultural celebrations. 

The Teams
With crews hailing from China, Singapore, Thailand and beyond, this year’s event saw Penang burst to life with hundreds of participants from a myriad of countries. From the Royal Malaysia Police to the Canadian Dragons, each team put their best foot forward, training up to four hours per day in order to claim the top spot out on the water.

The Results
Despite an impressive display of power, speed and endurance by all teams across seven racing categories, the winning title of the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015 was awarded to the Macau Selection Team, who crossed the finish line at high-speed as drums pounded in the background. In second place, Penang’s very own Pacific West Dragon Boat Club followed close behind, culminating in a thrilling finish to yet another successful event.


Want to experience the races for yourself in the New Year? Plan a stay at PARKROYAL Penang Resort during the 37th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival. Boasting an enviable, seaside location in Batu Feringghi, PARKROYAL’s comfortable and convenient accommodation puts the best of the island – and the races – at your doorstep.


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