I have made this site to help people mad enough to want to do the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race for the first time. It comes out of the frustration of having spent hours and hours of my life researching the race as no-where could I find out everything I needed to know. I hope it will help you understand the race, prepare for it and (hopefully) make it to the finish line. If you are a pro paddler looking for record times then you're probably best looking for tips elsewhere as this site is aimed at newbies. Equally, if you want me to guarantee that you'll finish DW after reading this - I won't.

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So you’re thinking about taking on DW? Great news!

Maybe a friend mentioned it over your last pint, maybe you love crazy challenges, or maybe your partner has been desperate to do it for years. Either way, I hope this site will help you enormously.

My situation was the latter and I started out in September with no kayaking knowledge whatsoever. Thanks to a huge amount of training and commitment, 6 months later I was able to give the race my best shot.

Part of the process that I didn’t expect was the hours of research we needed to do in order to swot up on everything from portaging technique to calories in a flapjack. I wouldn’t be surprised if many people start off interested in doing the race and then get put off by not knowing everything they need to from day one.

Thankfully you won’t have to put the same hours in as I’ve done all the research for you.

Unashamedly, I do hope that your use of this site will recover some of my flapjack costs. For example, I’m asking for a small contribution for the downloads I offer. All the information is there for you to put them together yourself for free, but for the price of a pint you can spend more time kayaking and less time going cross eyed over spreadsheets.

Enjoy and Good Luck!


Please note: This website is independent of the DW organisation and is therefore not affilated or endorsed by DW.

© S Hicks 2018

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