[IDBF News] December 2023 Longzhou News – Season’s Greetings


1December 2023


Thank you and farewell to Mike Thomas as IDBF President

As we approach year end, Mike Thomas’s term of office will end and Claudio Schermi will take over the reins as IDBF President from 1st January 2024. Under the new Statutes and Byelaws, we are pleased to note that Mike will automatically be granted the title of Honorary President. Thank you Mike for your dedication to the sport and to the IDBF over the last 40 years. Your dedication and professionalism is second to none.

Read Mike’s final President’s Report.

Welcome Claudio Schermi incoming IDBF President

Welcome Claudio Schermi as the new IDBF president in 2024. Claudio was elected at the 19th Ordinary Congress of the IDBF held earlier this year in Pattaya, Thailand. He will continue the IDBF’s vision is to see dragon boat racing in the Olympic Games and to promote Chinese and Asian traditions of dragon boat as a way of bonding different cultures together.

Read Claudio’s Welcome and New Year Message.

Thank you to Alan van Caubergh

Alan van Caubergh, IDBF’s Treasurer also retires at year end following three terms in office. Alan’s commitment to the sport has been outstanding and formally recognised at this year’s Hall of Fame Awards. The IDBF thanks Alan for his time and effort in moving the sport forward.

Loretta Lewis will be the new IDBF Treasurer following her successful election at Congress and Franco Siu Chong will step in as IDBF Deputy Treasurer.

IDBF Hall Of Fame

The IDBF Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of the men and women who have made a significant contribution to the sport of dragon boating. Whether that is excellence on the water or their efforts behind the scenes, they have demonstrated their commitment to building our sport and inspired others to achieve their best.

Congratulations to the 2023 inductees.

Developer Category:

・Mr. Zhang Faqiang
・Dr. Raymond Ma
・Alan van Caubergh

Coach Category:

・Dr. Robert McNamara
・Andrea Dillon

Read more about their achievements and induction into the IDBF Hall of Fame.

2023 WDBRC Pattaya, Thailand

The 16th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships were once again held in Pattaya-Rayong, Thailand between 7th – 13th August 2023. Fortunately the weather gods looked favourably on us this year and due to suitable water levels the event was held at the purpose built Rowing & Canoeing Association of Thailand’s (RCAT) Training Centre. As always RCAT ran another impressive Championships with one of the best athlete medal ceremonies we have seen. With crews back to full strength following Covid a formidable demonstration of the sport at the highest level was put on by the national teams.

・2,987 Athletes & Coaches
・523 Supporters
・351 Races
・60 Race Officials

Watch the WDBRC 2023 highlights video.

Confirmed Events for 2024


14th IDBF Club Crew World Championships
Standiana Regatta Course, Ravenna, Italy
3rd – 8th September 2024

CCWC 2024 Bulletin #1 now available

4th IDBF World Cup (Provisional)
Miluo, Yueyang, Hunan Province, China
October 2024

See the full list of CCWC and WDBRC events for 2024 to 2027.


Updated IDBF Statutes and Byelaws


The IDBF Statutes and Byelaws have undergone a big transformation and refresh. Edition 10 is now available in English and Simplified Chinese.

IDBF new website
Check out the IDBF’s new website at Refreshed and more engaging for the viewer. We hope you like it!