Huddersfield Rotary Club, in conjunction with Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club, held their 11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, when 27 teams competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy.

THE TEAMS ARE GATHERED READY FOR COMPETITION..

Although the day started off dull and damp, the clouds soon rolled away, and the sun came out. After all the teams had established their Team Bases, and registered, racing started shortly after 10.00am. Each team raced three times during the day, and 5 teams qualified for the ‘predominately ladies crews’ trophy, and 6 teams for the overall final, which was held at approx 4.15pm.

THE SIX BOAT FINAL. THE LAST FEW METRES

The Ladies final was won by Stuarts Big Kiss in a time of 56.86 secs. This was followed by the most exciting Grand final, with only 4.24 secs separating the 6 boats,and only 1.66 secs between the first 3. Stuarts Big Kiss also qualified for the Grand Final and finished a very commendable fourth, and the overall winner of the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy was CHAPPERS LEGEND (who were 4th last year) in a time of 54.82secs.

PRIZE GIVING

The Prize Giving ceremony was MC’d by Bob Guard from Wakefield Chantry Club, and Chairman of the joint organising Committee, and the prizes were presented by the two Presidents, Moray Bissett from Chantry and Ann Denham from Huddersfield. All teams and volunteers, together with Gable Events, were thanked for their involvement, and teams were asked to raise lots of money for the chosen Charity, and come back again next year, when the event will be held on SATURDAY 11TH JULY 2020.

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