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An oarsome time had by all at gruelling Poole Harbour Canoe Race
2:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
COMMITTED kayak and canoe enthusiasts took part in the gruelling annual Poole Harbour Canoe Race.
More than 100 competitors of all ages battled it out in a set of four, eight and 15-mile races around Poole Harbour, designed for different types of canoes and paddling ability.
The event was organised by Poole Harbour Canoe Club which has been running a similar canoe race round Poole Harbour since 1987.
One crew capsized three times while racing around Brownsea Island, but still managed to complete the race. Organiser and Club Secretary Andy Coomes said: “We have had an incredible turn-out this year with more than 100 taking part, plus all their families and supporters.
Canoeists travelled from as far afield as Falmouth in Cornwall, Bristol and London to take part in the annual race, which is celebrating its 26th year.
Six competitors from Cherbourg in France crossed the Channel to race against their British rivals as part of the twinning process with Poole.
The series of races attracted enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from a seven-year-old who competed in the junior race, to 65-year-old David Martin in the super-vets category. During the prize-giving ceremony, 33 prizes were awarded for the different age categories and numerous types of boats from Sea Kayaks, wavehoppers, white water rafters and surf skis.
Chloe Bunnett from Branksome was the fastest woman in the prestigious and challenging 15 mile race which started at the beach near Lake Pier. Free burgers, cakes and tea were provided for competitors on their return from their exertions.
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