Dauntsey’s in first training race for the “Canoeists’ Everest”

Dauntsey's School | 12 Mar 2019 | ISC Icon HMC Icon
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.
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Dauntsey's Sixth Formers in training for the DW Canoe Race

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.”

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Photo: Dauntsey's Sixth Formers in Training for the DW Canoe Race

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Dauntsey's is a leading co-educational boarding and day school of some 790 pupils aged 11 to 18, set in an estate of a hundred and fifty acres of idyllic countryside on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

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