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We're back!!

(subject to government regulations at the time...)

On September 12th 2021,  36 teams will be battling it

out on the River Ouse 
(between Scarborough 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.
  Over the past 18 years the cumulative amount raised, 
for a whole host of worthwhile local charities, is over


...and we are now heading towards our second £million!!


 2021 York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge

Following the 2020 "hiatus",  we are delighted to announce we are now planning the 2021 Challenge which - subject to confirmation and government regulations at that time - will take place  on


September 12th 2021


More details of the event can be found here 

Invitations to apply for a place in this year's event are being sent to interested parties who are on our mailing list.   


Entrants are required to complete their online Application Form and send it to us with the Registration Fee of £400, before the closing date of May 17th 



Each team is required to raise not less than £1,500 as sponsorship as a condition of taking part. In fact on average, teams raise in excess of £1,500.


One third of the total sponsorship raised by each team will be shared between York Rotary's nominated charities for 2021 which are SASH and The Hut.


The remaining two thirds will go to a registered charity or Community Sports Club of the team’s own choice. 


If you are a charity and are interested in taking a stall at the event

(on the North Bank) you can find more information here  


More information about the day, including race timings, and how to view the event, can be found  here  


York Rotary's Nominated Charities for the 2021 event

The Hut

The Hut is a members-led charity that brings creativity and purpose to the lives of adults with enduring mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities. We are a small local charity, based in premises, known as “The Hut”, in Wigginton Road immediately opposite York Hospital.

The Hut is unique in providing both short and
long-term support, by having an open-door policy where our members can come as often as, and for as long as, they wish.

Our members learn new skills, art, crafts and activities, as well as social and vocational skills in a safe and friendly environment. Run by a very small number of paid staff, and many volunteers, we have grown from supporting 50 members to now having over 200.

We have recently acquired a long lease for our premises, and are now embarking on an expansion and refurbishment programme. The funds raised from the Dragon Boat Challenge will help make this exciting development a reality.           Registered Charity No. 1147146



SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) is an independent charity that provides support to young people facing homelessness in York, North and East Yorkshire.

The charity offers emergency overnight or short-term accommodation known as Nightstop and longer term Supported Lodgings, providing young people with a safe and warm place to stay in a time of need.

The biggest single reason for youth homelessness is family breakdown, but some may be leaving care or fleeing violence and have nowhere to go. Many 16 – 25 year olds that find themselves homeless tend to sofa surf, which can affect their mental and physical wellbeing and puts employment and education at risk.

Youth homelessness is a hidden problem and prevalent within our
community. Your support will enable us to continue to provide a safe and warm place for a young person to stay, rebuild their lives and work towards living independently.                         Registered Charity No: 1054890




Read more about our sponsors here



Watch our York Rotary Video of a Dragon Boat Challenge Day!



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