Duelling dragons to return for fifth year

Sniper Fitness battles against Yorkshire Coast College at last year's Dragon Boat Races. Richard Ponter 142234d
Sniper Fitness battles against Yorkshire Coast College at last year's Dragon Boat Races. Richard Ponter 142234d

A charity boat race which has raised more than £30,000 for causes in the Scarborough area is inviting paddlers to take part for a fifth year.

Dragon boats will go head-to-head at Wykeham Lakes on Sunday, June 7 to raise funds for local charities.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, the Dragon Boat Races will see teams of 17 paddle their vessels over a 250-metre course in a series of heats culminating in a grand final.

The club’s Peter Howgate said: “We have had great support in the past four years in raising over £30,000. On a personal basis I hope for the same again this year as it will be my fifth and last year of being the main organiser.”

Businesses and organisations are invited to sponsor a team at a cost of £390 and paddlers are encouraged to raise donations, which will be passed on to local causes.

A team consists of up to 20 people - 16 paddlers plus a drummer and three reserves. Male and female teams must be 12-years-old and be able to swim 50 metres with a buoyancy aid, which are provided by the organisers.

In some cases the the Rotary Club can marry up sponsors who lack paddlers with paddlers without a sponsor.

Safety boats will patrol the lakes throughout the day and professional helmsmen will be on hand to give basic instruction. There will also be race commentaries throughout the event, which takes place from 10am to 4pm.

All paddlers will receive a medal and there will be prizes for the best ladies team and best ‘first time’ team.

Mr Howgate said: “It’s a great family fun day out, which last year saw a crowd of 1,000 people cheering on the crews. People who join in will have a great time, as well as helping the local community.”

The family event will also include a barbecue, a bar, local food stalls, face painting, magic, juggling and a bouncy castle.

To sponsor a boat or volunteer on the day call Mr Howgate on 01723 859843 or 07881 974691, alternatively email peter@peterhowgate.com