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Windermere Canoe Kayak Summer Solstice Race Report 2014 March 03 2015
The race involves paddlers of all abilities completing the 10.5 mile long paddle down Lake Windermere. 2014 saw a huge variety of boats participate including K1's, Sea Kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards, Dragon Boats, Canoes, Outriggers and many more.
Our aim is to get as many paddlers involved in this spectacular event to celebrate the longest day of the year by paddling Englands longest lake.
1 hour 19minutes was the time to beat, and that we did this year!
Registration was held at Waterhead and we couldn't have predicted better weather. The sunshine and mild tail wind was something new to our Solstice Race compared to the usual torrential rain and high head winds.
With the weather brought more and more competitors, we had never had so many before. We also saw Stand up Paddleboards compete for the first time, and boy did they do well.
At 11am it was all go, the racers were off and event staff had to pack up and race them, to the finish line. They made it, but only just with Ian and Alan Tordoff crossing the line in 1:14:00 and the GB Dragon Boat team in close pursuit hitting the line at 1:14:15.
Our first solo paddler Colin Cartwright crossed the line just 4 mins later with a time of 1:18:30 only just beating the solo race record by 30seconds.
We basked in the sunshine cheering the racers over the line, with everyone finishing within 3:17:00 (which in itself is a record!)
Prizegiving, food, beer and music finished off the day over at Fell Foot Wood Campsite. Some amazing prizes were donated by Peak UK, Ainsworth Paddles, Palm Equipment and SUP North, we couldn't have asked for better support.
While all this was happening we also had a Demo Weekend taking place in the North Field at Fell Foot Park. We had a lot of support from our suppliers who made the effort to come up to the lakes and show off all their lovely boats, paddle and kit. Boats and paddles were available for free demo on the water and there was kit up for sale for those keen to take up the sport.
Sunday saw our 5.5mile race happen, again with more participants than previous years, as well as more demos in the sunshine.
2015 can only get better! Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more details and booking information.
Summer Solstice 2014 Results June 25 2014
|1||Ian & Alan Tordoff||Tandem Kayak||01:14:00|
|2||GB Dragonboat Team||Dragonboat||01:14:15|
|3||Colin Cartwright||Single Kayak||01:18:30|
|4||Alan & Ursula Macintosh||Tandem Kayak||01:25:05|
|5||Andrew Morton||Single Kayak||01:25:13|
|6||Kenny Fraser||Single Kayak||01:25:13|
|7||Jeff Parker||Single Kayak||01:33:26|
|8||Kevin Locke||Single Kayak||01:33:27|
|9||Kate Duffus||Single Kayak||01:37:19|
|10||Paul Vousden & Tim Austin||Tandem Kayak||01:37:32|
|11||Martin Tonge||Single Kayak||01:37:44|
|12||Steve Whipp||Single Kayak||01:37:51|
|13||John Wennington||Outrigger Canoe||01:39:22|
|14||Ben Nelson||Single Kayak||01:39:22|
|15||Malcolm Goodall||Single Kayak||01:40:09|
|16||Alex Pilkington||Single Kayak||01:40:44|
|17||David Kay||Single Kayak||01:41:13|
|18||Trisha Corless||Outrigger Canoe||01:44:01|
|19||Alan Paterson||Single Kayak||01:44:18|
|20||Lizelle kemp||Single Kayak||01:45:58|
|21||Ben Beachell||Single Kayak||01:46:01|
|22||Martin Lucas||Single Kayak||01:47:22|
|23||Roswitha Wagenknecht||Single Kayak||01:47:32|
|24||Daniel Finlayson||Outrigger Canoe||01:49:16|
|25||Paul Hill||Single Kayak||01:49:26|
|26||Mitch Dunne||Single Kayak||01:50:40|
|27||John Court||Outrigger Canoe||01:51:30|
|28||Dan Hopwood||Outrigger Canoe||01:51:32|
|29||Stuart Bates||Single Kayak||01:52:36|
|30||Malcolm Stubbs||Single Kayak||01:52:40|
|31||Adam & Steve||Tandem Canoe||01:53:09|
|32||Dave Spence||Single Kayak||01:54:16|
|33||Mike Dagley||Single Kayak||01:54:21|
|34||Pete Astles||Single Kayak||01:55:53|
|35||Lawrence Harris||Single Kayak||01:55:54|
|36||Paddlers for Life||Dragonboat||01:59:09|
|37||David Oates||Single Kayak||02:00:30|
|38||Rob Britton||Outrigger Canoe||02:07:45|
|39||Julia Kay||Single Kayak||02:08:24|
|40||Dinah Ramenbusd||Single Kayak||02:10:47|
|41||Jane Parker||Single Kayak||02:12:02|
|42||Roger Butterfield||Single Kayak||02:12:06|
|45||Alan & Mags||Tandem Canoe||02:18:01|
|47||Bill Stephens||Single Canoe||02:25:20|
|48||Julian Maclaine||Single Kayak||02:25:24|
|49||Claire Maclaine||Single Kayak||02:25:25|
|50||Richard Butler||Single Kayak||02:29:10|
|52||Ben & Britta||Tandem Kayak||02:45:04|
|54||Simon Johnson||Single SOT Kayak||03:15:11|
|55||Dan Jones||Single Kayak||03:15:42|
|56||Ella Jones||Single Kayak||03:15:49|
|57||Catherine & Family||Canoe||03:16:01|
|1||Kenny Fraser||Single Kayak||00:43:42|
|2||Kevin Locke||Single Kayak||00:45:47|
|3||Alan Paterson||Single Kayak||00:48:34|
|4||Kate Duffus||Single Kayak||00:48:54|
|5||Lizelle Kemp||Single Kayak||00:52:47|
|6||Stuart Bates||Single Kayak||00:53:41|
|7||Paul Hill||Single Kayak||00:54:44|
|8||Mike Dagley||Single Kayak||00:54:58|
|9||Malcolm Stubbs||Single Kayak||00:56:37|
|10||Amanda Spavin||Single Kayak||01:00:14|
|11||Natalie & William & Dog||Tandem Kayak||01:04:05|
|12||Geoff & Rory||Tandem Kayak||01:08:24|
|14||Keith Houldsworth||Single Kayak||01:23:45|
The Summer Solstice has always been a time for celebration; we are reminded of Pagan rituals and bonfires. Why not create your own Solstice tradition and join us on the water for the 6th annual Windermere Canoe Kayak Summer Solstice Festival.
This year is going to be bigger and better then ever. We will be celebrating the longest day by paddling the longest lake in England. All man powered boats/boards are welcome to paddle the 10.5 mile course or 5 mile course over the weekend. There will be prizes for each category as well as a BBQ finale and evening entertainment.
Joining us will be the folks from GoCanoeing, Palm Equipment, We-no-Nah, Grey Owl, SUP North, Peak UK and Fyne Boat Kits.
There will be canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles all available for demo or taster sessions throughout the weekend. Everyone is welcome! There is something to do whether you’re just getting into the sport, or an accomplished paddler!
Enter the race solo, come as a pair, or even a team.
The Windermere Summer Solstice Lake Race is an exciting event held on England’s longest lake, at the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. The race involves paddlers of all abilities completing either the half or full length of Windermere, and is open to an array of boats from surf skis to canoes. Over the years we have seen everything from whitewater rafts and dragon boats, through to sit-on-top kayaks and handmade wooden canoes. The aim of the game is to get as many paddlers involved, enjoying England’s longest lake on the longest day of the year (or as near to as possible) – some are there just for the journey and some are there to beat the race record!
There will be a BBQ and evening entertainment after the Long race on Saturday night. Camping is available at Fell Foot Wood Camping. To make a booking or for further details, please contact Barry Houghton on 015395 31014 or email@example.com.
These are the two options for paddlers to choose from before the day of the Windermere Canoe Kayak Solstice Race. There is an option for you regardless of your paddling ability:-
1.) Long Course (10.5 Miles) – (Experienced only) Taking place on Saturday 21st June from Waterhead to Fell Foot
2.) Standard Course (5.5 Miles)- (Most participants with reasonable experience) Taking place on Sunday 22nd June from Fell Foot to Ferry Nab
Entrance Fee: £16 (Per Applicant) or £25 (with hire)
Registration for the long course will open from 9am – 10:45 at Waterhead. The race will aim to start at 11am.
The short course registration will be held at Fell Foot Park on the 22nd June from 9:30am – 11am for an 11:30 start
If you are interested in joining in then have a read of the race information and terms & conditions. Once you’ve had a look at these then download an application form and send it in before the day.
Please ensure you read all the information provided before returning your application form. Return your application forms by post or email.
By Post: Windermere Canoe Kayak, Ferry Nab Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JH
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All cheques must be payable to “Total Adventure Ltd”
You can also pay over the phone or pop in to the shop!
We look forward to celebrating another successful event. Good luck!