Notes for entrants (entry, sponsorship commitment,  and fees):


Participants should note that the entry fee of £400 includes the free supply of 40 programmes for the team’s own distribution and covers the hire of the boats. Each team is required to raise over £1,500 as sponsorship as a condition of taking part. In fact on average, teams raise in excess of £1,500. Two thirds of the funds raised by the team goes to the charity of the team's choice and one third to the Rotary Club's nominated charity/charities.    


Dragon Boats Events Ltd and the Rotary Club of York will take all reasonable steps to ensure that racing takes place as specified



Team Size - Each crew will consist of 16 Paddlers and a Drummer (minimum age is 16 years), selected by you from a team of up to 20 you nominate, including reserves.

                    The helmsman will be provided by Dragon Boats Events Ltd.


Ability to swim - Members of the team must be reasonably fit, able to swim at least 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and not vastly overweight in relation to their height.


Minimum age - The minimum age for this event is 16 years old.

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Medical Restrictions - Each participant must be reasonably fit and must not be vastly overweight in relation to their height. If you are unsure whether you can take part, please seek advice from your doctor.


Insurance - Dragon Boats Events Ltd and its parent company The Organisation Ltd have their own Public and Employee Liability insurance. Any additional insurance requirements should be arranged by the individual.

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Dragon Boat Racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and has become popular with charities and companies alike and the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge provides the opportunity for anyone to take part in this thrilling sport here in York on one of its finest  assets, the River Ouse.  


For companies and other organisations, Dragon Boat Racing is an exciting way of motivating and integrating people. It quickly gets everyone working together in a fun competitive environment. It is a superb platform for team building, whilst helping the  community by raising funds for local charities.


The event provides a high profile opportunity to support local charities which make such a valuable contribution to York’s community as well as generating support for your own team's nominated charity.


Stalls and a variety of activities are planned alongside the River to create a Gala Day atmosphere to compliment the Dragon Boat Racing. Race participants and their family and friends as supporters along with spectators are expected to number a few thousand. This is a substantial promotional opportunity for companies and organisations.

Information for Teams

Opportunities to support this event are flexible and range from providing a team, participating in planned stalls and activities, through to advertising in the programme.


To advertise in the 2020 race programme please contact 


The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge - Why Participate?

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Notice: The event is an adventure sport and as such involves a risk of injury regardless of the standard of training, supervision and equipment involved. Each captain will be required to produce a declaration on the day, signed by each member of their team that they voluntarily accept all risks involved and are fit and able to swim as per the medical restrictions above and will not hold Dragon Boat Events Ltd, The Organisation Ltd, the Rotary Club of York, York City Rowing Club, the Canal and River Trust, or St Leonard's Hospice liable for any claims arising from any accident resulting in any loss or damage including bodily injury or death and agree to be bound by the rules.  (Click here for a copy of the Crew Declaration)

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