About The Event
The DW starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing at Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Taking place over the Easter Weekend, it's a gruelling course, 125 miles long including 77 portages.
Easter Friday to Monday
2-5th April 2021
Sadly we approach a second Easter without a DW race. It is not what we wanted, but these are extraordinary times. Nevertheless we hope you enjoy taking part in the MyDW Challenge and look forward to your stories and photos as you build up your miles.
We encourage everyone getting out on the water to follow all the government issued guidance with regard to staying local and COVID-19 precautions.
Full details and entry here:
It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the DW Canoe Race, as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Please follow this link for full details
What to expect and when
DW 2021 cancelled
Can I use a SUP, Sit-on-top, Ski or Inflatable kayak?
Sorry those boats are specifically excluded in the race.
How much training do I need to do?
For the non-stop race, you should be stable and comfortable in your boat by September, to ensure you can train throughout the winter months. We would expect 2-5 sessions per week on the water, and additional complementary training such as running, gym work etc
The stages race can be done with slightly less training; however the more time you spend on the water, the more chance you have of completion.
What is the course record?
The non-stop course record was set in 1979, in an incredible 15hours 34 minutes.
Can I start before 7am?
Normally, out of respect to the residents, the earliest start is 7am.
However, for slower Senior Doubles in 2020, there is the option to begin at 5am as the 2nd tide is not available. Full details can be found on the following two links
Second Tide not available for Senior Doubles
Saturday 5am start for slow Senior Doubles