Dragon Boat Challenge: Steiner Sailors Wanted!




11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge

A York Steiner School team will take part in this year’s Dragon Boat Race on the Ouse on Sunday 14th July – and we’re looking for volunteers! The Dragon Boats are long canoes, rowed by happy, smiling people with single-bladed paddles, Canadian style. Have a look at to get an idea.

Rowers take part in fancy dress – the year of One Bad Clown Crew was truly memorable. The teams race against the clock in heats of four boats along the river by the Museum Gardens to qualify for a grand final later in the day. It’s a big local event and gets the city centre buzzing!

It’s also a significant fundraiser for the school and the city, with money from individual sponsorship going to the Rotary Club’s chosen charity (this year Help for Heroes) and to each team’s chosen charity – for us, the school! Over the last three years nearly £5,000 has been raised for the school. What an increbible effort! These funds are still in reserve and will be put towards a major project which will significantly help develop the school environment.

Rowers need to be able to swim and are expected to raise at least £50 of individual sponsorship. An additional individual contribution of £20 is asked, towards the team registration fee. We want to fill a squad of twenty so that a couple of reserves are available. This will mean that some will row all three heats whilst some (chosen at random) will rotate out for one of the races.

If you are interested in joining the crew or would like more information, please contact Tony Marshall-Griffiths via the school office (01904 654983 or email

Below are a couple of photos from the first time the Steiner Sailors took part, in Summer 2010, and a terribly motley crew they look!

Dragon Boat Challenge 2010: The Steiner Sailors

Who wouldn’t want to join them? They may have a touch of scurvy and seen the tongue of the cat more than once, but they’re our Steiner Sailors, and we wouldn’t be without them!


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