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Welcome, our eighth season, the June, July and August news 2015

Bank holiday exploration
30th. August, 2015

A completely full boat helmed by Chris explored the northern reaches of Windermere.

August crew

Time was spent poking the dragon's nose into inlets and river outlets looking for the wildlife.

Mas the drummer ducks under branches as we explore.

goosanders on windermere

With the support boat in attendance the crew took a straight line to Low Wood acrooss Windermere and made use of Paddlers for Life's new floating pontoon to disembark.

PfL new floating pontoon

Floating pontoon

In the afternoon a smaller crew crossed to Wray Castle jetty while the wakeboarders performed at Low Wood.

Members of U3A Kendal visited.
23rd. August, 2015

Chris helmed the boat whilst teaching the basic stroke techniques. The visitors from the University of the Third Age also experienced race starts. They brought with them sunshine and we were able to avoid the worst of the wind by sheltering in the bay shoreline.

U3A visitors

U3A visitors

U£A visitors


U3A visitors

Water safety session on Windermere
20th. August, 2015

water safety warm up
With the water temperature at 17 degrees a small crew of twelve prepared to rehearse some safety procedures.

Prepare to lose a drummer
The exertion of paddling in wet suits was interrupted by various 'problems'. First we lost our helm Chris overboard and paddled back to get him on board. Then the rear paddling pair practised steering the boat with their paddles in order to learn to steer the boat in the absence of a helm. After some more paddling we had the second misfortune to lose the drummer, Paul, overboard.

Paul in the water

Finally the dragon boat was filled with water until it sank to the gunwhales.
crew in the water

All the paddlers experienced being out of the boat in the water and then later returning to the boat as it was baled out.

All this was to help develop safety procedures and to review what works best. Thanks to all those who participated and those who observed from the shore. Thanks also to Paul for his guidance and participation and Megan and Rob in the support boat.

Second August coaching session with Keni
16th. August, 2015

Keni coaches a team of paddlers

Roz helmed while Keni coached some activities to remind paddlers of the paddling stroke elements. This was followed by some race start practices and then sequences of three sixty stroke race sequences with a twenty stroke light paddling 'breather' in between. Paddlers did several of these three 'race sequence' routines to build up race fitness.

In the afternoon Peter helmed while Keni helped paddlers find their lion's heart, tiger's strength or cheetah's speed during these triple sixty stroke fitness builders. This effective idea helps paddlers find that extra effort needed when it feels like all energy and stamina has been used. We finished with a tug of war between the two halves of the team which culminated in everyone getting wet as usual.
It was a very useful day of training and coaching. Thanks to Keni for being constantly inventive in trying ideas to bring the best out of Paddlers for Life paddlers.

A wet sunday morning.
9th. August, 2015

Roz helmed taking us through some stroke practice set pieces and race starts and also some 200m race set pieces. Lynn also took the opportunity to get the feel for helming standing up at the back and doing some basic manouvres on occasionally choppy water from the passing wakeboarder.
It was good to focus on some 200m races in preparation for the September regatta.

Another wonderful coaching session led by Keni.
2nd. August, 2015

Keni coached two long paddling sessions which helped newer paddlers learn the elements of the stroke. More experienced paddlers were able to focus on the less effective aspects of their paddling stroke and fine tune its efficiency. Tasks included some sustained paddling, race set pieces and training techniques which will stand us in good stead as the regatta approaches. All this was done with Keni's customary patience, enthusiasm and humour.
I'm sure everyone went away feeling the benefits and effects of the hard paddling they had done!

Paddlers for Life Windermere at Total Warrior Shap
1st. August, 2015

Paddlers for Life at Total Warrior Shap

This brilliant group of people from Paddlers for Life Windermere really showed what wonderful people make up the cancer survivors and supporters at Paddlers for Life. We had fantastic day with lots of laughter and fun.

The Total Warrior team from Paddlers for Life Windermere

These are the members who braved thirty muddy, wet, sometimes ice cold obstacles with a bit of fire and electricity on the way over a 10k course. We climbed and crawled and laughed.
It just shows what makes Paddlers for Life such a great organisation for friendship and mutual support.

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The season continues with the tendency to be unsettled and blustery.
25th. July, 2015

The decision was made to cancel paddling due to strong winds and the forecast of increasingly strong gusts.

A generous cheque for £410 pound donated and received with thanks.

Jo and Keith visited to present a cheque for £410 to Paddlers for Life Windermere from a fundraiser held by their Masonic Lodge. Although paddling was cancelled they hope to return another time to experience the joys of dragon boat paddling.

Visitors from Australia were old friends met in Sarasota.


Also visiting were Edith from Australia who some team members met in Sarasota and also her daughter Sally from Tasmania.

Paddlers for Life Windermere welcomed a variety of visitors. 5th. July, 2015

Roz and Peter helmed our two boats filled with reguar paddlers, visitors from U3A Kendal and a visitor from Australia.
At last we had a dry day with less wind. In the morning novice paddlers were helped to learn the basic paddling stroke with a short race to test everyone. In the afternoon a more experienced crew were taken through a series of training routines.

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'Windermere Canoe and Kayak' organised the annual 2015 Solstice race of 10.5 miles along Windermere from Wateredge to Fell Foot.

A team from Paddlers for Life Manchester and Worcester Busters used Lucy at Low Wood.

A team of supporters and survivor paddlers from Paddlers for Life Manchester and Worcester Busters borrowed Lucy at Low Wood for the event.
Paddlers from Paddlers for Life Windermere and 'The Three River Serpents, British Dragonboat Association (BDA) league team in  Durham paddled Artemis Phyllis.

Members from Paddlers for Life Windermere and 'The Three River Serpents' British Dragonboat Association (BDA) league team in Durham paddled Artemis Phyllis.

'Lucy' came in first followed a few minutes later by 'Phyllis' with a time of 2 hours 15 minutes.
More pictures in the gallery.

Paddlers for Life Windermere took to the water on June 13th. participating in a celebration of 20 years of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling.

They joined an international 'paddling party' celebrating this milestone. Abreast in a Boat in Canada were the first breast cancer dragon boat team arising from a research project with Dr. Don McKenzie twenty years ago and on June 13th. over one hundred teams on five continents celebrated this anniversary with them.
Paddlers for Life on Windermere celebrating 20 years of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling.

Teams celebrated across the world with Abreast in a Boat, the first breast cancer survivor team.

Paddlers for Life 20 year anniversary of Abreast in a Boat, the first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
Paddlers for Life had to share the Low Wood watersports centre with the Great North Swim but that meant that a crew who were filming the event for Channel 4 took the opportunity to get some footage of the team paddling on Windermere.

Trustees and paddlers celebrate 20 years of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling.
Of course you can't have a celebration without a cake and paddlers reflected on those origins for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams sharing common experiences with paddlers around the world.

More pictures in the gallery.

Paddlers for Life 'Dotted the Eyes' of the dragons on their two dragon boats Artemis Phyllis and Lucy at Low Wood.
7th. June, 2015


Eye dotting is a traditional part of the dragon boat festival to 'awaken the dragons' that protect dragon boat paddlers on the water.

Helen retold the story of the poet Qu Yuan who is at the centre of this tradition. Peter and Nick dotted the eyes of the dragon and food was thrown on the water to appease the fish and water spirits. 'Hell money' was burnt and then paddlers took to the dragon boats to drive them forward and beat their paddles on the water to frighten away evil spirits.

Paddlers for Life Windermere gather to 'Dot the Eyes' of our two dragon boats. Helen tells the story of Qu Yuan. Peter dots the eyes of Lucy at Low Wood. Nick dotted the eyes of Artemis Phyllis. Food was thrown on the water to appease the fish and the evil spirits. Hell money is burnt. All the members look on. Preparing to charge forward with the boats. Beating the waters. css photo gallery lightboxby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

It all ended with a big 'Thank you!' to the supporters.

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