Paddlers for Life Windermere visit Paddlers for Life Scotland SE at Port Edgar, South Queensferry.
Our Dragon Boats get their first taste of seawater and a trip away from Windermere.
Some paddlers from Windermere visited Paddlers for Life Scotland SE (now Port Edgar Dragons) to help with their ‘Come and Try’ Day.
Our Dragon Boats ‘Artemis Diana’ and ‘Lucy’ had their first trip out on their new trailer towed to Port Edgar Marina near Edinburgh so that we could paddle in tidal sea water as the tide rose then ebbed.
Over twenty people had their first taste of Dragon Boating over seen by Guthrie’s safety team and Ian taking his turn with helming. What a fantastic location to paddle!
Team members who helped out with a ‘Come and Try’ day near Edinburgh. Including Jane, Rob and Harry and Louisa who were busy taking photos etc.!
Edinburgh May 2011
Matt, PhD Candidate from the University of Exeter, captures the broadest of experiences of breast cancer dragon boat paddling through a collaborative writing project, involving Paddlers for Life. Making links between attractive nature, the desire for group exercise, the healing qualities of ‘place’ and survivorship, Matt has written few words about his extraordinary visit to Edinburgh.
I chatted to a fellow passenger at Dalmeny station. “Are you going Sailing”, he says? “No,” I reply,” Dragon Boating!” I walk under the huge bridges, imposing, and into Port Edgar. I meet Andrina in the hut, and she gives me a history of the Paddlers presence there, the connections and networks that have been forged. And then we go down to the waters edge. Many from Windermere are there, some having travelled up with the boats the day before, some that day. All are here to support the many people who have arrived to turn their hand to paddling, some for the first time. We paddle in the shelter of the marina, as the wind is up, and there are white horses on the waves further out into the firth. But the water here is great, salty and buoyant, and the boat flies! The history of the place adds to the panoramic views. The small island of Inchgarvie nestles under the modern bridges. It has been a leper colony and prisoner of war camp over the years, and apparently puffins dive and swim around it. After a ‘paddler’s lunch’ of soup and sandwiches, we time-trialed, Team B winning by just a few seconds. We cheered and sang, “Hey Edinburgh!”, but the real celebration was for the presence of dragons on the Forth today. Many congratulations to Andrina and all her team, a great day!
Matt, PhD Candidate, University of Exeter