Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge


Following the Governments announcement that Coronavirus pandemic restrictions are expectd to be removed with effect from 21st June 2021 we are pleased to announce that our planned event on Saturday 10th July 2021 is now ON!!



Welcome to Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge - one of the most popular water sports events in the North of England.

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This will be the 12th anniversary of the Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge and as much as 2019 will be hard to beat, our programme for 2021 promises to be our best yet. 

The dragon boat racing will be as exciting as ever - with several cups up for grabs from a revised, more competitive format.  There will be plenty of entertainment, activities and attractions for a great family day out too.  A fantastic festival atmosphere around the park is guaranteed, especially if the sun is shining!  Everyone is encouraged to participate - seasoned paddlers to beginners alike.


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To be held on the 10th July 2021 on Pugneys Country Park Lake in Wakefield, the Huddersfield and Wakefield Chantry Rotary clubs are ready to welcome teams from across Yorkshire to take part in this annual fundraiser which continues to go from strength to strength.

The racing is run by "Race The Dragon" who are one of the largest dragon boat event operators in the country. This means the Dragon Boat Challenge is not only incredibly well organised but safe and most of all lots of fun.


 Dragon Boat Race 3.jpgWhat does the event involve?

The Dragon Boat Challenge will consist of each team racing 3 times during the day. The final will be between the 6 teams with the best aggregate times, racing head to head to see who is crowned the winner and take the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy to keep for one year. There will also be a ladies final between the 4 fastest teams consisting of at least 50% ladies.

Teams are encouraged to dress as outlandishly as possible with a Best Dressed Trophy awarded on the day.

There is lots to see and do on the day and whether you are a team member or have come along to support a team or charity, you are going to have a great time.

If you would like to enter a team please click here or if you would like further information on the day itself please click here.

If you would like to race but have no team, please contact us and we will try to help.  



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Extra information on the dragon boat challenge



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