Keith Atkinson has captained the Bewl Valley team over the last two years and

took the team to their first success in the 1999 regional 'ICEBREAKER' Championships

in December that year. The team followed the success with a repeat performance

in 2000, just to prove it was not a fluke!

Last year the team managed a commendable fourth place in the National Club

Championships that are held annually at Whitwell, a village situated on north

shore of the huge expanse Rutland Water, which is some four times larger than

their home base of Bewl Water, situated deep in the 'Garden of England'.

This year with a very strong team Keith was determined to make it one to go

down in the record books at Bewl. This may well be his last 'Raceboard' event

as well as his last event as Bewl Captain as he is now to concentrate on his

GB team placing in the World Youth 'Formula' class championships in Rome next

month and the World Championships in Brazil in September.

Keith's team of six comprised of himself, three members from the Bexley based

family of Polly, Andy and son Lee Copleston, Grevel Bates and Jay Williamson.

With seven races held over two days, last weekend, the team had a convincing

lead right from the first race. Several members of the team had excellent race

placings, Keith managing a first and two second places, Andy a second and Jay

a third.

Once again last year's winners, the West Pennine Club, had Mark Kay who was

the runner up in the National 2000 Championship as a member of their team. However

they were struggling from the outset and had to settle for second place to Bewl

who never looked challenged and had a convincing 150 point lead at the finish,

Making it a first ever National title for the Windsurfers at Bewl Valley.