Battling Dragons on the River Ouse

by Handymag

The 17th York Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Challenge will take place on Sunday 14th July.

Once again, 36 teams will battle it out on the River Ouse, between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge, for the Challenge Trophy and other prestigious awards, including awards for the fastest Charity Team, fastest Armed Services Team, and of course the “Best Dressed Team” trophy.

Each crew is made up of 16 paddlers paced by a drummer at the bow and guided by a helmsman at the stern. The idea is that power and rhythm are combined to achieve maximum acceleration and speed over a 250 metre course. This is a visually exciting event and the crews learn very quickly that the best results come from working as a team. The teams have an enormous amount of fun and you can expect a very colourful display of wacky and inventive fancy dress outfits.

The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge has been held annually since 2003 and in that time the cumulative amount raised for a whole host of worthwhile local charities has exceeded £1,100,000!
The Rotary Club of York’s nominated charity for the 2019 event is St Leonard’s Hospice and there are many ways you can help support the Dragon Boat Challenge and help them to head towards making £2million for local charities.

This is a such a fun event not to be missed – as well as the Racing, there will be a Gala on the North Bank of the Ouse, with music, fun and games, food and festivities as Charity stalls line the bank and create a wonderful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Entries for the 2019 race have now closed, however, you can find out more by visiting

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