The Windermere Summer Solstice Lake Race is an exciting event held on England’s longest lake, at the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. And today I got to come along and play!
Along with my guide for the day, Jamie Harman from Red Paddle, I had a go at the 10.5 mile “Long Course”. As I was using this as training for my big SUP, (4 days later), I was going to be a completitor not a competitor. (To be honest, even if I hadn’t been in training, I wouldn’t have gone much faster.) I normally paddle at a steady speed of 4 miles an hour. So working on that, 10.5 miles should take me 2:37:30. Our actual time was 2:34:32, so pretty much on target.
With wind, rain, and occasional fog, the race had everything you’d expect for a British “Summer” event!
I met some great people there and hope to meet them again soon.
A huge thanks go to Jamie for being a fantastic, (and very patient), guide. I only hope he didn’t get too cold waiting around for me!?!
The rules stated that all paddlers had to wear a buoyancy aid. I have a couple of old ones, but they tend to get in the way when paddling. So a big thanks to Palm Equipment Europe who gave me a great new PFD for SUPing.