Lecturers from Sparsholt College are taking on the world’s toughest canoe race at Easter in memory of former student James Male, a crew member aboard Cheeki Rafiki when it went missing on its way home from Antigua last May.
The team of four have taken on the challenge in order to raise funds for the RNLI Forever by the Sea Fund, which was set up in memory of Cheeki Rafiki crew members.
Devizes to Westminster is described as one of the toughest, open to all, endurance events in the world. Last year there were 611 kayakers and canoeists in 334 boats. Lecturers Scott Fancourt, Lawrence Blair, Gareth Rogers and Kaj Berendsen will be competing in the Senior Doubles class which is racing non-stop over 125 miles including 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames. The race is a severe test of skill, physical strength, mental stamina and planning.
To support the challenge and make a donation please go to: http://bit.ly/canoerace