Hundreds enjoy dragon-boat races near Wykeham

Words and photos by Dave Barry

Over 800 people watched and competed in the eighth annual dragon-boat races at Wykeham lakes.

On a hot day, in bright sunshine, 21 teams of 16 thrashed it out on the open water.

Each team took part in two timed heats. Based on the heat times, the teams were divided into gold and silver divisions for a third round. The fastest four teams in each division went into the gold or silver final.

Last year’s winning team returned to take the gold cup again. Wold Top Warriors led from the start and won by a clear margin. Willows Lull, competing for the first time, and St Helen’s in the Park, came second and third in the gold final.

Scarborough Anglo-Filipino Association won the closely-fought silver final, beating Cirrus Research and YH Training.

The races are organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers. Spokesman John Bradley said: “Whilst we enjoy the activities of the day, we recognise the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves. Since 2011, competing paddlers, through personal sponsorship from friends, work colleagues and relations, have raised over £70,000 for the charities of their boat sponsors’ choice and local causes supported by Rotary”.

The trophies and medals, supplied by Dragon Boat Events Ltd, were presented to the winning teams by club president Chris Case.

The other teams which entered this year’s races were Asquith & Co, Maude’s Marauders, YMCA (two), Kingfishers swimming club, Foxy Ladies, William’s Sea Wyverns, Barrowcliff Belles, Slammers, McCain, Pinkney Grunwell, Springhead School, 739 Squadron ATC, Scarborough College, Sniper Fitness, Whitby Warriors and Sash.

* Chris Case will be succeeded as club president by Tony Stevens on 11 July.