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The 2017 paddling season, is our Tenth Anniversary .

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First Paddle 23rd. April, 2017

What a glorious and busy day for the first paddle of our tenth anniversary season.
The weather was bright and sunny with Windermere looking calm and blue for the morning session.
First paddle 2017

The newer paddlers got involved in dressing and launching Artemis Phyllis and Mary at Low Wood and following a pre-paddle reminder about the paddling stroke, helm instructions and boat safety from John the two dragon boats had a busy morning session. The dragons were awoken by Barbara , there was a 'flowers on the water' ceremony and these and the regular paddling activities were being filmed.

The dragons were awoken by Barbara.

Flowers on the water ceremony 2017

What a fantastic start to the paddling seasn, we couldn't have asked for better weather. Thanks to Chris and John for helming and all paddlers for their enthusiastic involvement. Thank you also to Simon and Liam on the support boat.

Boat Launch Boat Launch Boat Launch Boats to the pontoon. Warm up! Ready to go. Glad to be back. 'Flowers on the water' ceremony.

More paddling in the afternoon with the wind picking up a little but still bright sunshine.

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Preparing to Paddle day. 9th. April, 2017

Thanks to everyone who organised these preparations to paddle in our tenth season. Thank you Roz for helping train newer members and reminding us all of the regular paddling routines. Everyone helped with your 'hands on' with the boats.

Watch the pontoon being assembled by Chris, Steve and Nick.

Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Team work unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Draining water from the cover. Putting the wheels under the dragon boat. Moving the dragon boat. Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Coordination as dragon boats leave the trailer.
Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Unloading the dragon boats from the trailer.
Cleaning the dragon boat. A proud team. Moving the dragon boat using the wheeled platform. Moving the dragon boat using the wheeled platform. Getting the pontoon ready. Getting the pontoon ready. Getting the pontoon ready. Getting the pontoon ready. Getting the pontoon ready. The support boat is put away. The support boat is put away. Thanks to Roz for coordinating this training and preparation.

'Down and Ready' day. 19th. March, 2017

Well! What a day that Roz planned and delivered for us. It will get our paddling season off to a great start and help newer members get into their paddling 'stride' quickly. Thanks to Roz for untangling the knot of what paddling is all about.Knot tying

All the contributions from so many members just shows why being part of Paddlers for Life is so rewarding with everyone contributing with such generosity and a wide diversity of skills.
Practicing the routines of dragon boat paddling.

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Our first event of 2017, Silverdale Coffee morning fundraiser.

Mags has done a great job yet again organising this fundraising event. Thanks to the efforts of many Paddlers for Life members and the generous efforts of Silverdale residents it was another successful event.

Silverdale Coffee morning.

Due to the generosity of Silverdale residents purchasing from the many stalls, enjoying tombola and raffle games and refreshments a tremendous £1317-16p was raised for Paddlers for Life funds to enable cancer survivor dragon boat paddling to continue. A huge 'Thank you!' to everyone for baking, growing plants, collecting things for the stalls and donating to the refreshments, raffle and tombola..

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Thank you to June for the photographs.

Meet some of the members.

A timely opportunity!

A local photographer, Peter Bagnall, contacted me recently.
He found some video footage on his hard drive. Peter filmed a very early launch of a Paddlers for Life dragon boat on Windermere back in 2008 and edited a short film for a DVD to be used for fund raising. He has kindly provided a copy. David Robinson was a member at the time and narrated the commentary.
Here we are ready to celebrate our tenth season of paddling!
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