Now in our seventh season, April and May news 2014
Despite a forecast of heavy showers Paddlers for Life enjoyed two busy training sessions today without rain and in calmer conditions than of recently.
Helen and Chris took two crews around the northern reaches of Windermere with Mags and Barbara reminding crews of all the paddling tips they learned from Keni in the coaching sessions last week ending with a race challenge won by Artemis Phyllis. John helmed in the afternoon reinforcing the paddling technique whilst reminding everyone of the upcoming Solstice Race of 10.5 miles!
We were always under the watchful eye of our support boat.
Steve, Simon and Lynn accompanied us.
Great weather for our first coaching session this year.
Keni came over from Durham and delivered her usual high quality coaching to two full boats of mixed supporters and survivor paddlers ranging from newer to highly experienced. The helpful sessions reminded us all about the detail of stroke technique and gave the Srasota bound paddlers the opportunity to start thinking about 'race starts' and paddling pace.
John, Jane and Peter helmed in sometimes choppy conditions which all added to the excitement and fun of this excellent day of training.
We hosted a group of local university students who wanted to train for a dragon boat event.
A morning training session of mixed crews ended with a close run race. The afternoon saw a student team and a team of regular paddlers practice before another close run longer race.
More photos in the gallery.
They came second, North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Competition, at Preston Dock
Paddlers for Life, Windermere have been nominated for a Community Award with Engage, Mutual Assurance.
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Helen and John were helms refreshing their skills under Peter's guidance.
Paddlers 'gently' got back into their paddling on a blustery, choppy Windermere.
The helms refreshed their skills taking the dragon boats and teams through various manouvres, steering, turns, figures of eight and emergency stops.
Two boats of paddlers including prospective new members provided the engine power.
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