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The 14th York Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Challenge took place on


 Sunday 10th July 2016



36 teams battled it out on the 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.


The York Dragon Boat Challenge has been held annually since 2003 and during that time has raised over £930,000 for a whole host of worthwhile charities.



The Rotary Club of York's 2016 nominated charities were Family Fund York,  and The Island York.


Scroll down to find more information about these charities


For more information click here 




Trophies  awarded  -  2016


1. The Challenge Trophy - Presented to the winner of the Grand Final -  along with a cheque for £100 for their chosen charity

                                    "Yorkshire Warriors"   (4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment)   time: 01:00:91



2.  The Fastest Times - these are awards for the fastest time in any of the races in which they participate, and are made to the teams NOT winning the Challenge Trophy:


                          * The Charity Cup for the fastest "Charity" Team  along with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity

                                                                  "Escrick Vikings" (Escrick Playing Fields Association)  time 01:05:53



                         *  The Merlin Cup for the fastest "Armed Services" Team along with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity

                                                                "Team Rhino"  (HQ 1st (UK) Division)   time 01:00:94           



                         *  The Ouse Cup for the fastest "Civilian" Team and a cheque for £50  for their chosen charity

                                                                "The Dementia Slayers  (Tom Rhodes & Sons Ltd)      time 00:57:48



                         *  and the Tailenders Trophy for the slowest time  

                                                                 Greenshoot Dragons  (Greenshoot Care Services)    time 01:24:85



3.    The Ged Bell Trophy  for the “Best Dressed Team”  with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity

                                            "Escrick Vikings" (Escrick Playing Fields Association)   


Detailed Results 2013 2016 Information for Teams

2013 race - photo courtesy of  Lewis Outing LRPS

History 2016 Sponsors Safety

Our 2016 Nominated Charities

Family Fund is the UK’s largest grant giving charity for families raising disabled or seriously ill children, helping 72,043 families over the last year, with over £33million awarded in grants and services across the UK.  Family Fund believes all families raising disabled and seriously ill children should have the same opportunities as others, looking in particular at the most vulnerable and those on low incomes.


Whilst our regular funding enables us to bring practical and essential help that is often a lifeline to a family raising a disabled child or young person, it does not enable us to support siblings of disabled children.


Hence our Siblings Matter Too grant programme, that acknowledges the unique role that siblings play as part of a family, raising a child with a disability or serious illness.  In many of the families we support, siblings act as carers by helping to look after their disabled brother or sister, but as a result the siblings through no fault of the family, go without.  The Siblings Matter Too programme provides grants to siblings for such items as computers, clothing, games or books, which have a huge impact on the sibling being recognised as an individual.  Rotary’s support will enable us to do much more under this important Siblings Matter Too programme.      

                                                                                                                                               Registered Charity No 1053866

Detailed Results 2014

The Island is a registered charity, which provides a mentoring service to vulnerable and disabled children and young people aged 8 to 18 in York.


The Island links the children and young people with fully-trained volunteer mentors, who, by means of weekly activity sessions, offer one-to-one support outside of school and the family home for a full year. This consistent space and time offered to the children and young people on a weekly basis helps them to address problems and to work through other difficulties. For children who face adversity in their lives (such as family breakdown or disability), growing up can be especially tough. This can increase their risk of marginalisation within their communities. Having someone who will meet with them regularly, build a relationship, have fun and provide help with making positive choices can have a life-long influence.


The Island is dependent on donations, legacies and fundraising events for selecting, training and supervising volunteer mentors, so as to continue this unique work in York, which since The Island’s formation in 2007 has mentored over 300 children and young people.

                                                                                                                                             Registered Charity 1120420

For more information click here 

Photos of the day 1

2016 event photos   -  Click to enlarge

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courtesy Chris Shepherd

Full results can be downloaded here

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Challenge Trophy Winners in  2016 -  "Yorkshire Warriors"


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Over £75,000 has

been raised

for local charities

from the 2016 event



2016 Final - a very close finish!

Photo courtesy Lewis Outing

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2016's Best Dressed team  -  "Escrick Vikings"!

photo coutesy Lewis Outing



photo coutesy Lewis Outing



Video of the heat where "The Dementia Slayers" set the fastest time of the day,

at 00:57:48

(Awesome video - thanks Lewis Outing) 


more video here

Photos of the day 2

courtesy Lewis Outing

2017 event Advertise in the 2017 programme