Fowey River Canoe Club once again saw great success at the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Race over the Easter weekend. The club entered four boats into the race this year, three of which took part in the four day stages event and one crew who took part in the senior doubles straight through event. Many of our club members also took part in the race by supporting these crews along the 125 mile course. Unfortunately the fourth day of the stages event had to be cancelled, due to storm Katy, this is the first time in the races history that this has ever happened. Despite this Fowey River Canoe Club paddlers still did extremely well and achieved some fantastic results individually and as a Group, achieving the Trans Team Trophy for the fasted senior doubles and single time and the fasted junior doubles time.
The club entered two junior K2 boats into the four day stages race, the first of which being Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who placed 1st in the junior mixed doubles, and second overall for the juniors with a time of 15:03:49, only 28 seconds behind first. This is an amazing achievement for a mixed crew to place so highly in the junior doubles class, and a fantastic win by over 2 hours in the mixed junior class. Alice Bray and Thomas Steer were also entered into the junior doubles class, and in their very first DW race placed 3rd in the Junior Mixed Class and 14th overall in the junior class, with a time of 17:34:42, a great achievement.
The club also entered two senior boats into the race. The first of which was Michael Southey who was entered into the four day stages event in the Senior K1 category, and achieved a fantastic time of 14:40:01, placing 2nd overall in the singles race. If the fourth day had not been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions Mike would have likely achieved a new time record for a Fowey K1 paddler. The final crew entered into the race this year was Harry Gilbert and Ryan Pearce who were entered into the straight through senior doubles race and raced well above expectations, coming 7th and reached Westminster in a time of 20:23:14, a brilliant result for a new crew who only got together a couple of weeks before.
I hope everyone takes great pride in their accomplishments over the Easter weekend and want to say a big thank you to all of the members of our club who got involved with support over the weekend and to our coach Brian Greenaway, without his guidance and dedication these results would not be possible.