It was one of those evenings where I heard several people say “what a stunning venue” - so firstly a big thank you to Derwentwater Marina who kindly provided both this beautiful venue and the boats. Everyone seemed to enjoy the barbecue - not a frozen burger in sight, just quality meat and freshly baked bread from Thomasons and Brysons.
Racing Tiger Boats requires a quick start, so teamwork, coordination and some hard graft are essential. Various levels of all of these were achieved! As the evening went on the races became more and more competitive and enthusiastic with lots of happy cheering. 7 races were packed into a hectic 90 minutes of enthusiastic, non-stop racing.
In the end, there can only be one winner and this year there was a tight final between two teams, one from our own members and the other made up from odds and misfits who called themselves the Cumbria Regional Development Team. The misfits beat us by about a metre! It was a special pleasure to have the cup presented by Jim Wilson’s two young grandchildren, Emily and Daniel, who had in fact helped crew the winning team!
It was fantastic to see so many local paddlers and clubs coming together to have a great evening of fun on the water. We would like to say a big thank you to everybody from West Cumbria Canoe Club who helped on Wednesday evening to make it such a successful event and especially to Dave and Sue Williamson from Derwentwater Marina for hosting us all.
Peter Knowles and Alan Ashby for West Cumbria Canoe Club
Team Best time seconds
Cumbria RDT 70.5
Penrith P. 77.8
Penrith M. 78