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2016, is our ninth paddling season.

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Coaching Session 31st July,2016

Coaching session with Keni.

Keni visited to teach one of her regular coaching sessions to help newer paddlers learn the basics of the paddling stroke and more experienced paddlers to refine and develop their technique.

Keni coaches race starts.

Some paddlers are making preparations to improve their strength and skills in order to compete in the Third Dragon Bay Regatta 2016

Helm Training, 23rd. and 24th. July 2016

Peter and Sue trained paddlers from Port Edgar Dragons and Manchester Dragoneers as well Paddlers for Life Windermere to become helms for their groups. This was all done with the help of paddling crews and experienced helms from Paddlers for Life.
Helm Training 2016

Paddlers for Life members welcome visitors for helm training. The training took people through safety and health aspects of being a helm and worked on key skills and basic manouvering and control of dragon boats.

Helm Training 2016

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Lancashire LA visitors. 21st. July, 2016
On Thursday afternoon Paddlers for Life hosted a group of Rowena's colleagues from Lancashire Local Authority.

LA visit

They wanted to experience dragon boat paddling and we were able to put out two dragon boats.

LA visit

Windermere Tour 17th. June, 2016

A crew took Artemis Phyllis to the northern reaches of Windermere to see what strange flora and fauna resided there!

A crew prepare to set off.

 

Artemis Phyllis crew.

Lancaster Canal Challenge 10th. July, 2016

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Two fantastic crews of paddlers formed from cancer survivors and their supporters from Paddlers for Life Windermere paddled their dragon boat, Artemis Phyllis' thirty miles along the Lancaster Canal from Owd Nell's at Bilsborow to the northernmost point at Tewitfield.

South stage crew for Lancaster Canal

This amazing feat was the result of great planning and organisation by Barabara, Louisa and Liam, and the fantastic effort of members who drummed, paddled and helmed the boat and the many people who gave support through public engagement at stages along the way and event support along the towpath and staging points.

Second crew at Tewitfield

This truly was a team event with many members giving enthusiastic help to this unique dragon boat challenge.

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More photos in the 2016 gallery.

Canal challenge preparation. 3rd. July, 2016

Paddlers prepared for the great canal paddling adventure by getting the dragon boat Artemis Phyllis onto the trailer ready for the event which is just one week away.

Artemis Phyllis is loaded onto the trailer.

Two crews will paddle the dragon boat in relay from Bilsborrow to Tewitfield along the Lancaster Canal, a distance of 30 miles.

Canal event poster.

It will be an amazing sight and a brilliant achievement.

Paddling Training for Canal Event 26th. June 2016

Two boats were on the water as paddlers trained for the long distance paddle of the Lancaster Canal.
Two dragon boats on Windermere.

Canal training paddling.


Paddling training

Great North Swim, 11th. June,2016

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Rowena, Jonathan and Vicky who completed the one mile swim in fine style. Conditions for swimming were wonderful, the water warm and the lake calm. What rain there was didn't dampen anyone's spirits.
Vicky and Rowena successfully complete the one mile Great North Swim.
Thanks and thanks again!
A huge thanks to Eunice, Irene and Maureen who spent Thursday and Friday setting up our event tent. They were there throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday to promote our team. Eunice was also going back on Monday to put things away. Brilliant!
Paddlers for Life WIndermere stall at the Great North Swim 2016.
Many thanks also to Paul and all the Watersports Centre Staff for the prime location on the direct route to the start area and for his support all weekend.

We're sure that lots of people saw a dragon boat for the first time and we know that some have been inspired to try paddling.

Eye Dotting Ceremony 5th. June, 2016

This is the day when the dragons at the head of our dragon boats are traditionally awoken from their sleep so that they can give paddlers their protection. Janet retold the story of Qu Yuan which is thought to be the origin of dragon boat racing.
Paddlers slap the water with their paddles to scare away the fishes.

Ali and Steph were our two honored guests who painted in the eyes of the dragon heads.
Ali dotted the eyes of Artemis Phyllis

Steph dotted the eyes of Lucy at Low Wood
It was a gorgeous day of paddling and celebration and the opportunity to give a big 'Thank You' to the supporters of Paddlers for Life Windermere.
Paddlers make a paddle arch so they can thank the group's supporters.

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Season nine highlights.

'Dotting the Eyes' of the dragon heads.
Getting ready for the paddling season. Getting ready for the paddling season. Preparing for the canal event. Preparing for the canal event. Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
Low Wood No Wood cardboard dragon boat.
'Dotting the Eyes' of the dragon heads.
'Dotting the Eyes' of the dragon heads.
Paddling with the 'Tern'. Supporter celebration.
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