Dauntsey’s in first training race for the “Canoeists’ Everest”
Photograph shows: Dauntsey’s Sixth Formers competing in the first Waterside race of the year, paddling from Great Bedwyn to Newbury.
A group of eighteen Sixth Formers from Dauntsey’s have taken part in the first Waterside race of the year, paddling from Great Bedwyn to Newbury. The pupils are currently in training for the infamous Devizes to Westminster “DW” canoe race, known as ‘The Canoeist’s Everest’ which takes place over the Easter weekend.
The training race involved a gruelling 13.5 miles and 21 portages (where the crews need to carry their boats around a lock). Twelve pupils paddled for Dauntsey's whilst six paddled for the Devizes Club. The weather was unusually warm for the time of year, which was a boost to the paddlers. The team’s support crews were also out for the first time and did much to lift the paddler’s spirits, as well as providing food and water.
Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education, Dauntsey’s said:
“This was the first time the team had been out with other competitors alongside them on the water and it was great to see all crews finishing in reasonable time and with a great attitude.
“Amongst a significantly more experienced fleet, the Dauntsey’s pupils acquitted themselves well and can be proud of their performance. The race certainly gave everybody a good introduction to what the Devizes to Westminster race will be like.”Published: March 12 2019