Devizes to Westminster Race

Two thirds of the team are not content with driving 10,000 miles for charity, that seems almost easy in comparison to this charity challenge. Dave and myself are currently training for the Devizes to Westminster boat race.

This idea has brought an entirely new meaning to the idea of ‘two men in a boat’.

Dave, Master Kayaker and me as the wise Navigator (yes there is some irony in that statement) intend to compete in the Devizes to Westminster boat race – completion preferred but not guaranteed. The full details of this hideous event can be found on their website, however, by way of a summary – its 125 miles starting on the Kennet and Avon canal, finishing at Westminster pier on the Thames, passing through 77 portages. Completing this gruelling event relies on supreme endurance, efficient teamwork and a flexible support crew. The race takes place on Easter weekend, the 30th of March. Our aim, potentially an over-ambitious one, is to complete the distance in under 24 hours – note: worryingly, in 1998, only half the teams completed the distance!

The boat we have borrowed is a rather supreme K2 race boat – aerodynamic, light, and terrifyingly unstable. Every subtle movement is amplified and smooth passage requires honed intuition and precise synchronized paddling.

You can like our Facebook page here. The page will be used as a blog to track and monitor our progress. There’s no guarantee that we’ll make the event let alone complete it in under 24hrs. Through this page, you can live our every stroke, chilly capsize, and gruelling training hour but as you can see, it’s September and we can paddle 10 miles comfortably for a pint… only 115 miles to go!