THE second Dragon Boat Race in the River Tone in Taunton on Sunday (June 8) will benefit good causes.

The boats, helmed by the Dragon Boat Company, will launch from the jetty area by the Brewhouse Theatre and travel 250 metres towards the County Cricket Ground.

The grand final will see the best teams compete in a dramatic race to determine the overall champions.

The day, from 10am to 3.30pm and concluding with an awards ceremony, will raise money for the organisers, brain injury charity Headway Somerset, as well as other charities and community groups.

Samantha Bell, fundraiser for Headway Somerset, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to all of Somerset, ensuring monies raised remain in county thereby reinforcing the community spirit which is the essence of the race.

“The race is ideal for both experienced crews and beginners alike.

People do not have to be fitness fanatics or marathon runners to compete – it’s all about timing and teamwork. Team members from 16 upwards can paddle and fundraise.”