Our seventh season, September and October 2014 news.
Sylvia and Sandra visited the Yorkshire Building Society to receive a cheque for £100 donated from their charity fund. Customers, staff and colleagues at the Building Society nominated local projects during their 'Make a Difference' week and Sylvia nominated Paddlers for Life Windermere. The money is from their 'Small Change Big Difference' scheme in which customers make donations and our group was one of many benefitting from the £150,000 fund dispensed by the Charitable Foundation. It will help Paddlers for Life Windermere to continue to support people who have a cancer diagnosis to enjoy dragon boat paddling on Windermere.
The welcome is warm, humid & very, very pink!!!
An inclusive team of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers are off to Sarasota to participate in an International Participatory Dragon Boat Festival. Paddling as a Paddlers for Life UK team there are members from Paddlers for Life Manchester, Paddlers for Life Windermere and Worcester Busters. They will be paddling in races against dozens of teams from across the world over two days as well as enjoying many other activities including a celebratory parade. It will be a chance to meet thousands of other breast cancer survivors and share a wonderful experience.
Cancer survivors and supporters from these teams who are staying in the UK will be sending them our encouragement, best wishes and good vibes. We will also be watching out for news of their exciting experience.
October 12th. was the last paddle of the 2014 season.
Many Paddlers for Life Windermere members are off to Sarasota soon for the
International IBCPC Participatory Festival.
Today, on a calm and misty Windermere, was a final chance to paddle together in practice before the big event.
We also held a 'Flowers on the water' ceremony to remember two Paddlers for Life members from Port Edgar Dragons following news that they sadly passed away recently. Andrina and Emma were founding members of Port Edgar Dragons and have paddled with us on Windermere and also when we visited Port Edgar.
Paddling on September 28th.
Peter took a full boat of paddlers through some 500 metre training routines in preparation for Sarasota. There were lovely conditions on Windermere again for this paddling session.
1st. Low Wood Bay Charity Dragon Boat Regatta
All these people came to participate in the regatta on 14th. September, 2014
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The weather stayed dry and lake conditions were calm for this inaugural regatta jointly hosted by English Lakes Hotels and Paddlers for Life UK.
Five teams each participated in four heats. The third and fourth fastest times over 200 metres went forward to the minor final and the two fastest teams went forward to the major final. There were prizes for a quiz, best dressed team, most enthusiastic team, champions of the day as well as the overall regatta winners who were 'English Lakes Hotels Dragons'.
More photos in the gallery and also an event report.
There were thousands of people on the streets including Sylvia Emmott, who raised all the funds for the boat, and was able to see the fruits of her efforts once again.
On a day like this day we paddlers are reminded how lucky we are to paddle in this beautiful location. Out on the water in a dragon boat full of like-minded people and the sun shining on gorgeous fells in crystal clear air and reflected in the calm water. Unexpectedly the Red Arrows fly past heading north over our heads and leaving trails above us as we paddle on Windermere. Later, in the afternoon, the remaining two airworthy Lancaster Bombers fly in from the north over our heads before turning over Brockhole.
What a wonderful day!
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Paddlers for Life in Sarasota
Members Photo Galleries
Dragon Bay Dragon Boat Regatta website
This event is co-hosted by Paddlers for Life, UK and English Lakes Hotels.
The 2014 event report is here.
Eye Dotting Ceremony