Shotwick Windsurfers raise money for Cancer Research! – & featured in Windsurf Magazine!

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Windsurfing Members at Shotwick Lake hosted an event on Saturday 15th June – the same day as the Open Day – which was part of the national ‘Watersports 4 Cancer Research’ day, to raise funds for cancer research charities.

‘Watersports 4 Cancer Research’ was formed in 2008 by windsurfer David Tuttlebee, who had, at the time, just been diagnosed with a return of the cancer from which he first suffered in 2006.  David wanted to target the international water sports community to raise awareness amongst the community of both the impact of cancer, the benefits of early diagnosis, and to raise funds to support those providing care, cancer education and developing leading edge cancer research.    W4CR became a registered charity in its own right in 2009, and the first national fundraising event was held in May of that year, with 400 windsurfers in 23 locations around the UK raising £25,000.  Many of those taking part sailed from sunrise to sunset.

David unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in 2010, but the event he created has continued annually ever since.  Thus far the charity has raised over £150,000 which has been distributed to key beneficiaries such as Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care, and the Prostate Cancer Charity.  Olympic Windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw are the Ambassadors for W4CR.

Shotwick windsurfers decided to adopt the challenge of windsurfing the equivalent distance to that of a marathon during the course of the afternoon on the Open Day, and those taking part took to the water in the gusty winds of the day to put the miles in, doing widths and lengths of the lake – relieved that the monsoon rains that had been forecast seemed to be staying well clear!

Michael, Pete, Scott and Tom more than achieved the aim for the afternoon, and have, thus far, raised in excess of £400 towards the work of the charity.  Many thanks to all who offered their support, and to the Board for allowing them to use the lake for the event.  Hopefully we will be able to do the same next year, and perhaps work towards running a full Sunrise to Sunset challenge – if any one is interested then let us know!

UPDATE – read all about it in Windsurf Magazine! – press release published in the editorial on 21st June 2013 –


Hello! I have been a windsurfing member at Shotwick Lake since 2010, having just moved to Chester from Cumbria in January of that year. I previously sailed and windsurfed on Ullswater, and worked as a volunteer instructor at Windermere (Lakes Leisure). I started windsurfing in my mid-twenties and became an instructor on my 30th birthday! - having trained at Loch Ken in the Scottish Borders. Having worked as a volunteer instructor at Loch Ken, in Cornwall and on Windermere I did the RYA Senior Instructor course at Salford Watersports in 2008, and became an Intermediate Non-Planing Instructor at Coverack in Cornwall in 2009. I really enjoy both windsurfing and teaching at Shotwick Lake (and, confession time, sailing our dinghy - yes, I do dabble in seated sailing too!) - the convenient location, the clean winds from the Dee estuary, the views over towards the Welsh and Wirral hills, and the friendly atmosphere. I wish I was a windsurfing 'hot-shot', but guess I never will be! - but would love to see more windsurfers coming together at the Club to enjoy sharing their love for the sport! I sit on the Board of the Club as Windsurfing Secretary and would be very happy to hear from anyone who has any thoughts or ideas for the development of Windsurfing at Shotwick. Thanks!