Devizes to Westminster Training

This past Sunday, ten of our Devizes to Westminster paddlers took part in the first Waterside race of the year, from Great Bedwyn to Newbury. The race involved a gruelling 13.5 miles and 21 portages where the crews need to carry their boats around a lock.

The weather was clear and a tailwind helped keep speeds up. 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.

It was also the first time the team had paddled with other competitors alongside them on the water. Many other schools including: Blundell’s; Marlborough College; Lords Wandsworth College and Kimbolton took part and we were joined for the first time by a crew from Radley. The GB elite paddlers were also out training and the other boats brought a new level of challenge, with crews to overtake or to be overtaken by. Two Dauntseians, including the Head Girl were also racing with their Fathers, after having raced with the school last year.

The crews all finished in reasonable time and with a great attitude.

All in all, it gave everybody a good taste of what the Devizes to Westminster race over the Easter weekend will be like.

Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education

Fundraising for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Our DW crews are raising money for this year’s School Charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and would really appreciate your support. If you would like to make a donation, please do so on their Just Giving page here.