Dog joins competitors for Witterings paddle race


A SUNNY day saw families take to the surf for the Witterings annual paddle race.

More than 40 competitors and one dog took to the water on surfboards, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to make their way from East Wittering to West Wittering to raise funds for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

The event, which was organised by the Shore Surf Club, has raised £2,500 for the charity.

Organiser Simon Bassett said: “The Barratts from West Wittering brought the family dog too and completed the event 
on SUPs.

“Some competitors raced flat out while others just enjoyed the sunny, flat-water conditions on the 
one-mile course.

“We have had plenty of local support, a number of small businesses have helped with donations, others have given up their time for free – the 
Co-op in East Wittering, the Home Bakery and Wallaces the butcher helped with reduced-cost food for the barbie.”

The whole event was covered by a full safety team of lifeguards from West Wittering Estate, the Windsurf Club and PUMA safety from Bracklesham Bay.

Among the winners were Paul Burgess and Holly Basset who won the women’s SUP race.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Snowdrop Trust said: “A big thank you everyone who made the Witterings Annual Paddle Race such a success on Sunday.

“Anyone using any form of paddle could take part in the race and this year the organisers had introduced a new family category.

“Even a dog joined the winning family and earned his medal.”

The charity provides care at home for local children who have a life-threatening illness or who may be terminally ill.

The paddlers were serenaded by the Chichester Academy of Music and everyone who took part in the race was given a t-shirt and medal.