Windermere Canoe Kayak Summer Solstice Race Report 2014 March 03 2015

June 2014 saw the 6th Annual Summer Solstice race organised by Windermere Canoe Kayak. We were super excited for this event as it was going to be bigger an better than before with races happening over the weekend as well as boat and paddle demos from Fell Foot Park.
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.