Friday 19 January 2024

Dorney Rowing lake KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) 6th January 2024

How Do All, 

My first KAP Expedition of the year.

I rode to Dorney Rowing lake,  which is situated WNW of Windsor in England, and was used for the 2012 Olympic games.

This above picture is a 180 degree Panorama made up from 4 single photos and stitched together using the Hugin program.

I actually wanted to get the whole lake in the image but the direction of the wind put my kite over the lake, next time I will get it, and with hindsight I could have positioned myself in a small field behind a large bank at the top end of the lake.

The finish line end of the lake and me at the other end of the kite line.

The wind was very up and down, and as it dropped so did my camera and kite; which I got this photo of.

Looking across the rowing lanes towards Slough. Windsor castle can just be made out of the far right of the horizon.
Some information on Dorney Lake.
Dorney Lake
Aerial view of Dorney Lake in 2007
Dorney Lake is located in Buckinghamshire
Dorney Lake
Dorney Lake
LocationDorneyBuckinghamshire, England
Coordinates51.4933°N 0.6655°W
TypeArtificial lakerowing lake
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Max. length2.2 kilometres (1.4 miles)

Dorney Lake (also known as Eton College Rowing Centre, and as Eton Dorney as a 2012 Summer Olympics venue) is a purpose-built rowing lake in England. It is near the village of DorneyBuckinghamshire, and is around 3 km (2 miles) west of Windsor and Eton, close to the River Thames.

The lake is privately owned and financed by Eton College, which spent £17 million developing it. Additional grants, totalling £500,000, were obtained from Sport EnglandUK Sport, the DCMS and SEEDA in order to build the lake's finish tower. The project was completed in 2006, after 10 years of construction.[1] The facilities are hired out for rowing, as well as for canoeingHospitalitydragon boating, and triathlon.

2012 Olympic venue[edit]

The lake was used as the 2012 Summer Olympic venue for rowing and canoe sprint, and as the 2012 Summer Paralympic venue for rowing.[2] For the duration of the Olympics, the lake was officially referred to as Eton Dorney; confusingly, a separate venue in Stratford was called Eton Manor due to 19th-century associations with the school.

To provide for Olympic spectators, the existing facilities were enhanced to include 20,000 additional seats; most of these seats were temporary. Construction of enhancements to Dorney Lake began in October 2009, following investigations by Oxford Archaeology, including a new cut-through between the competition lake and the return lane, a new bridge and an upgraded access road, funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).[3] During the Olympic events, Dorney Lake was staffed by around 3,500 personnel including volunteers; it could accommodate up to 30,000 spectators per day.[4] A temporary bridge over the River Thames linked the Dorney Lake site to Windsor Racecourse, where a pick-up and drop-off point for Olympic spectators was established.[5][6] Other access options existed for walkers and cyclists.[7]

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