The 12th National Watersports Festival will take Place 8th – 10th June 2018 at Rutland Water, Sykes Lane, Empingham,Oakham LE15 8PX.


I was pleased to see how well the NWF was received last year at Rutland, and more than happy to announce this is our new home and we have really exciting developments planned for 2018 and beyond. So I am proud to announce that the NWF 2018 will take place at Rutland Water on the 8th to 10th of June.

The watersports industry and RYA have already given their full support to the concept and were in agreement with the website poll results which were to move the event to June ready for the summer season.  The Rutland venue is less intimidating for some of the recreational windsurfers and paddlers, plus an excellent playground for youth development and tasters, something that I am keen to develop further in the new model and grow our NWF community even further.

My primary aims for this new chapter are:

To involve more families, clubs and youth participation in both windsurf and sup.
To encourage disabled participation
To combine NWF and NWF Junior

There are some very successful European windsurfing and sup events which are hosted at freshwater venues.

Rutland Water has a plethora of reasons to be the host of NWF in the future. It offers:

It is the second largest reservoir in Europe.
Onsite watersports facilities including on water safety.
A central UK location enabling NWF to be more accessible.
An inland location which will be safe and accessible for both windsurfers and SUP at any level and ability.
Onsite camping for 6000 people.
Private land.
Additional family-friendly activities including an aqua park, zoo, cycle trails, climbing facilities.
Room to expand and develop the NWF model.

It just leaves me now to thank you for your continued support over the last 10 years and welcomes you to our new exciting chapter of NWF, so please put it in your diary – 8th to 10th June 2018.

Allan Cross

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 NWF 2018 Sponsors

Anglian Water

Grainstore Brewery


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