2016, is our ninth paddling season.
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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.
Some paddlers are making preparations to improve their strength and skills in order to compete in the Third Dragon Bay Regatta 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.
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.
They wanted to experience dragon boat paddling and we were able to put out two dragon boats.
A crew took Artemis Phyllis to the northern reaches of Windermere to see what strange flora and fauna resided there!
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.
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.
This truly was a team event with many members giving enthusiastic help to this unique dragon boat challenge.
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.
Two crews will paddle the dragon boat in relay from Bilsborrow to Tewitfield along the Lancaster Canal, a distance of 30 miles.
It will be an amazing sight and a brilliant achievement.
Two boats were on the water as paddlers trained for the long distance paddle of the Lancaster Canal.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ali and Steph were our two honored guests who painted in the eyes of the dragon heads.
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.
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