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(features events in

2011 and 2013 )

Detailed Results 2011 Detailed Results 2012 Team List 2017 Race Card 2017


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Detailed Results 2013 Information for Teams

2013 race - photo courtesy of  Lewis Outing LRPS

History 2017 Sponsors Safety

Our 2017 Nominated Charities

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk.


Rotary’s support will help fund a Macmillan Advanced Care Planning Co-ordinator based in York.  Advanced Care Planning is an opportunity to help you take back control and ensure you receive the care you want, and it can also help to make things easier for your relatives. Planning ahead is important because it’s not always possible for healthcare or other professionals to know exactly how you would like to be cared for in certain situations.


Currently, many patients don’t have the opportunity to do this which is why this new specialist role is so vital. Having an Advanced Care Plan in place will ensure more patients get the future support they need.


Macmillan relies on voluntary donations for 97% of its income, which is why being involved with events like these are so valuable.  


For support, information or if you just want to chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit

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Detailed Results 2014

Alzheimer's Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for all people affected by dementia. There are currently around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with over 11,000 affected in N. Yorkshire alone.


We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and more than 2,000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia, a greater understanding of dementia, and fund an innovative research programme focussed on care for now and a cure for the future.


Across North Yorkshire we run ten Dementia cafés and seven Singing for the Brain groups, as well as information and support services. Our Singing for the Brain group in York helps people with dementia retain their communication skills, confidence and wellbeing in a musical environment.


In 2017 we are hoping to implement two special initiatives in N. Yorkshire. Carer Information and Support Programmes will increase carers’ understanding of dementia, offer practical information and enable carers to plan for the future. We are also developing bimonthly ‘dementia clinics’ within GP practices.


Alzheimer’s Society services in N. Yorkshire rely overwhelmingly on voluntary income. Without vital donations, including Rotary’s support, we would not be able to provide these lifelines to those affected by dementia.






                                                                                                                           Registered Charity 296645

For more information click here 

Detailed Results 2016
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2016 Final - a very close finish!

Photo courtesy Lewis Outing









































The 15th York Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Challenge took place on


 Sunday 9th July 2017


Thanks to all the teams, supporters, sponsors, stallholders, advertisers and Rotary members and friends who made it such a great day!







The Rotary Club of York's nominated charities for the 2018 event will be


York Mind   and   Citizens Advice York.




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 Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge has been

held annually since 2003.


Our challenge was achieved  In 2017, after 15 years of running this event,  we're delighted to announce that the cumulative amount raised, for a whole host of worthwhile local charities,

 has exceeded  



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Trophies awarded  -  2017




















1.  The Challenge Trophy - Presented to the winner of the Grand Final -  along with a cheque for £100 for their chosen charity   awarded to Tadcaster Trojans    (Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust)


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    awarded to Merchant Taylors  (Company of Merchant Taylors)


                         *  The Merlin Cup for the fastest "Armed Services" Team along with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity   awarded to Team Rhino  ( HQ1 (UK) Division ) 


                         *  The Ouse Cup for the fastest "Civilian" Team and a cheque for £50  for their chosen charity     awarded to Dementia Slayers  (Tom Rhodes and Sons)


                         *  and the Tailenders Trophy for the slowest time

                            awarded to Macmillan MacBoatFace  (Macmillan Cancer Support)

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2017…… we've made it a £million !!

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Photos of 2017 event (2)

Lucky Programme Number Draw




First prize: 3102





2nd Prize: 1022




3rd Prize:   252  





Winner claims to:

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Challenge Trophy Winners in  2017 -  

"Tadcaster Trojans"


The 2017 Final


Tailenders Trophy Winners in  2017 -  

"Macmillan MacBoatFace"


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Best Dressed Team Winners in  2017 -  

"Drag-On Boat"  (a.k.a. Escrick Vikings)



Full 2017 Challenge Results here

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A selection of 2017 Photos

(Courtesy Lewis Outing and Chris Shepherd)

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The final few seconds........


How close was the final?...   THIS CLOSE!    Thanks to Lewis Outing for this slide-show showing the final few seconds of the Grand Final!  Well done to Tadcaster Tojans (5) and  Dementia SLAYERS (6)

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A selection of 2017 Photos

(Courtesy Lewis Outing and Chris Shepherd)

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2018 news

2018 event