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In our sixth season,
the latest news April, May 2013

May Bank Holiday Paddle. 26th. May, 2013

At last some sunshine but still quite windy conditions for two busy, energetic paddling sessions.

Helen and John helmed the two boats in the morning and Roz took everyone through their paces with the help of Helen coaching and drumming in the afternoon. More Photos.

Two dragon boats were out on a calm Windermere for a coaching session. 19th. May, 2013

Jane helmed Artemis Phyllis and Cameron helmed Lucy as Keni reminded crews, including novice paddlers, of the techniques for efficient and powerful paddling.

In the afternoon Keni moved on to race start strategies and building to race pace to give the new and less experienced paddlers a taste of the excitement of racing and a reminder to seasoned paddlers about the fitness and stamina they may have to rebuild. The crew was helmed by John.

Several members took the opportunity to use the new support boat to watch the action.


Helm Training, 4th. and 5th. May 2013

Sue, Peter and Jane organised a helm training weekend for helms to refresh their skills and to train new helms. There was a wonderful turnout of paddlers over two days helping the new helms by powering the boat in the windy conditions.
Six trainee helms, breast cancer survivors and supporters, took command of dragon boats Lucy and Artemis Phyllis at the weekend. Great credit to a magnificent effort on the challenging waters of Lake Windermere to acquire the new and demanding skills of helming. Two crews, generously and patiently gave their time during two days, encouraging the trainees to successfully complete their assessment. A big thank you to Peter and Jane Cogley, both in the classroom and on the water, for sharing their knowledge and confidence which enables Paddlers for Life to go from strength to strength.

Tattoo Fundraiser cheque presentation. May 1st. 2013

A staggering sum of £1435.
That is the amount of money raised by the Tattoo Fundraising Event.

Rowena and Sue were recently presented with a cheque by Ian and Claire of Bill's Tattoos, Chorley.

"People put themselves through a lot of pain in order to raise such a fantastic amount."

April 28th. 3rd. Paddle.
The weather is still making our season start challenging!

Last week saw paddlers getting decidedly wet and today Roz battled the elements in the morning helming a full boat including some novice paddlers through some decidedly choppy conditions.
In the afternoon conditions calmed a little. Peter helmed some 'game' paddlers with training routines.
Meanwhile Rob helped Louisa, Barbara and Steve to familiarise themselves with the new support rib.
See the 2013 Gallery Page,
or More Photos of this session here.

April 7th. First Paddle.
Paddlers for Life, Windermere finally got out for their first paddle of the sixth season.
Cold water conditions had delayed our season start so paddlers were especially eager for this first session.

It was wonderful to see so many paddlers turn up including some new members.

'Lucy at Low Wood' had a fresh makeover and the newly acquired support 'rib' was also getting an outing.
Peter, Tony and Aly helmed paddlers through some paddling refresher training in the morning and paddlers had a more gentle outing southwards to 'White Cross Bay' in the afternoon session.

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