Chester NW Hasler Race and GB Assessement - Sunday 31st May 2015
Calling all club members. Don't for get we are running our first marathon race of the year on Sunday 31st May 2015. Hasler Race is from 9.30am - Starts at 11.00am and the Assessement Race Starts at 1.00pm.
We need as many of you as possible to turn up to help please. Also offers of Cake and biscuits would be greatly appreciated. Please could you arrive at the Dingy Park from 9.30am. Don't worry if you haven't been to a race before the jobs are very simple!
We also hope lots of you are going to race as well!
Conditions were calm and the water flat when racing started on Lake Coniston on Sunday. Roger Williams and Bob Scholey were paddling division 6 K2 in a combined division 6,7 and 9 K2 race over a four mile course involving 3 laps. Roger and Bob lead from the start and were comfortably ahead after 2 laps when the weather decided to make things a bit more interesting. A brisk breeze picked up from the south, blowing the full length of the lake and quickly starting to build up waves. Fortunately the Chester pair raced home to an easy win before conditions got too bad.
However paddlers still out on the course were not so lucky. Over the next hour conditions deteriorated markedly with ranks of significant waves being blown up the lake with quite a few white horses amongst them. Competitors tackling the 8 and 12 mile courses found themselves in some difficulty. Five out of eight div 6 K1 starters retired, most having capsized and several div 4 paddlers also took a ducking but continued to race. Shortly after the 8 mile racers had struggled in the organisers took the decision to abandon the 12 mile race before the full complement of laps. No-one was sorry, conditions were just too difficult but it was exciting for the spectators.
4 members of Chester Canoe Club went to the Waterlands marathon, I believe it was very choppy according to Richy, and David despite being in the lead group of 5 that went the wrong way, he paddled very well to get back up to 7th place.
Vets 23km Melvin 19th 1.57.04
Vets 23km Richard 21st 1.59.21
Juniors 14km David 7th 1.06.08
Women 14km Jenny 7th 1.09.49