Record entrants for battle to win Dragon boat races

The Dragon Boat Races return to Wykeham Lakes on Sunday at 10pm.
The Dragon Boat Races return to Wykeham Lakes on Sunday at 10pm.

Dragons will be roaring in Scarborough on Sunday for the return of the popular annual boat races.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers is hosting the seventh edition of the event at Wykeham Lakes, starting at 10am.

A record 27 teams will take to the water with organisers hoping to smash the £6,850 raised for charities at last year’s event.

Mike Wilkinson said: “The event has grown each year and now we are established on the calendar. We are hoping to raise £10,000 this year.”

The event raises much needed cash for local charities with paddlers collecting individual sponsorship while sponsorship covers the cost of staging the event.

In turn, this money is split 50/50 between charities nominated by Rotary and a charity nominated by the team sponsor.

Each dragon boat is crewed by 16 paddlers, plus a drummer, and they race over a 250-yard course in a series of heats with the fastest teams in a final race-off - won last year by a team from Fashionable Fitness.

A professional helmsman completes the crew of each boat and there are safety boats on patrol.

There is entertainment by way of bouncy castles, face paintingand magic for the younger ones. A good range of refreshments and a bar are available to help the paddlers and spectators enjoy their day.

Mike added: “We are looking forward to the races. It is fun for all the family at such a perfect setting so I would encourage people to come along and enjoy it with us.”