Ravenglass SeaQuest is a family friendly annual event that combines both paddling and orienteering to provide a unique way for paddlers to explore three of England’s Lake District Estuaries. So after what has been a difficult 18 months, Copeland Canoe Club, who took over the reins from Annette Morris and Phil Cheek in 2013, were delighted to be able to hold the 14th Ravenglass SeaQuest on Sunday 11th July.
The event organisers were extremely heartened to welcome over 100 participants, both old friends and lots of new faces, to the ancient coastal village of Ravenglass. The organisers were also thrilled to see a great variety of craft lining the beach, including inflatables, canoes, general purpose kayaks, sea kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
After the last 18 months we weren't sure how many paddlers would arrive, but we needn't have worried. From the opening of registration we were kept busy right up until the briefing. It was such a pleasure to see old and new friends, and watch the different craft lining up at the start. Competition was strong in all categories, right from families working out their plan with their children on the estuaries for the first time, to some very experienced paddlers taking the top prizes in the elite sections. Well done to everyone involved– Karen Hetherington
The aim of the event is for participants, either individually or as a team, to visit as many checkpoints as they can within a 3 hour time limit. With every checkpoint comes points, though to make things interesting some give 30 points whereas others just offer 10. So some strategy is required to win because not only is there a time limit but also the tide and wind can be a factor too.
Luckily, the weather conditions on the day were superb so it provided everyone with a fantastic opportunity to collect lots of points and there were some frantic sprints to the finish line before the dreaded 3hour 15 minute cut off where participants would lose all their points!
But what’s really great about this event is that it is very much for everyone, where paddlers can either race amongst other elite competitors, set their own personal challenge or to use it as a way to spend some exploring these estuaries in a different way.
One participant said "It’s my fourth SeaQuest and I’ve enjoyed every one. It can be as competitive as you want it to be; or not in my case. Beautiful countryside and great company. Thanks to Copeland Canoe Club for another fantastic day."
Whilst another said "This was my first time attending Ravenglass SeaQuest and I thoroughly enjoyed the day out. It was fantastic to see so many people out in a variety of crafts. I'm very much looking forward to returning next year. Thank you to all the organisers for putting on a great event."
Results are published on the Copeland Canoe Club website: www.copelandcanoe.org.uk
British Canoeing would like to thank all those involved in organising and delivering this fantastic event! Also, well done to all those who took part as you all helped raise £403 for the Local Community NHS.