In our eighth season, the latest news 2015
All the members gave a big 'Thank You' to Steph standing down from the trustees at the end of her three years as trustee. Having heard a financial report from the treasurer Judy, a comprehensive review of the year from Rowena and a report on Paddlers for Life UK from Louisa the survivor members elected Louisa, Rowena and Judy to continue as trustees with a new trustee Ruth elected to join them.
Two members John and Sue 'put our dragons to sleep' by painting over their eyes.
Following a scrumptious 'Jacobs Join' lunch Steph lead a discussion session around organising paddling events.
Paddlers dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness month before crossing to Wray castle then returning via northern Windermere via Wateredge and back to Low Wood Bay.
On the way we held a 'flowers on the water' ceremony remembering those who can no longer be with us.
On the return we celebrated a special birthday before celebrating this eighth season with a pink themed Jacob's Join'.
More pictures in the 2015 GalleryPaddling weather has been wonderful over the last few weeks with warm conditions and calm waters. Today, with access to only one boat and with many paddlers, one of our helms Roz suggested a competition between two teams.
This involved a time trial paddle to the boat house at the end of Low Wood Bay returning to pick up a ball from the water by the canon jetty. To finish there was a sprint race out to the green buoy from Low Wood jetty and back again.
Chris then helmed the boat down to White Cross Bay while paddlers took in the autumn colours before returning to Low Wood to put the dragon boats on the trailer.
Roz and Helen helmed two boats visiting Wateredge before heading to the western shore of Windermere ending with a first race for several first time visitors and new paddlers.
The afternoon saw just one boat out in calm conditions which gave Lynn and Judy the opportunity to have a go at helming a dragon boat.
This was one of those special days on Windermere when paddlers looked around at the beautiful landscape reflected in an almost calm lake surface and knew how lucky they were to be in this place.
A trip for refreshments at Wateredge for the two dragon boats helmed by Helen and Peter was followed by a tour of the northern part of the lake and crossing back to Low Wood giving tremendous views of crystal clear fells.
The second session in the afternoon was a trip southwards to White Cross Bay with Helen helming.
Peter helmed Artemis Phyllis on another tour of the north of WIndermere accompanied by Simon and Steve in the support boat. The first 'Port of Call' was Brathay House who were hosting a Music and Cake by the Lake fundraiser for the Brathay Trust. Mooring the dragon boat at the trust's boathouse the crew walked across the grounds to Brathay House were refreshments were purchased (in aid of the Brathay Trust) and consumed in the marquee whilst serenaded by well known Disney songs!
Returning to the boat we headed soutwards back past Low Wood, Brockholes and onward to White Cross Bay before returning to Low Wood. Along the way we paddled to Hawaiian, French and German paddling instructions.
Around twenty cancer survivors and forty health professionals listened to a range of speakers over the day whilst also having the time to share experiences with each other.
This event was followed by a conference dinner with another speaker and further networking time.
Sunday revealed a wonderfully calm and dry Windermere which defied the ealrlier predictions of the weather forecast. With the help of Paddlers for Life Windermere and volunteers and helpers from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Low Wood Watersports Centre and Low Wood Hotels the Low Wood watersports centre was transformed into a dragon boat regatta venue with sixteen teams from local businesses and orgnaisations as well as cancer survivors and supporters from Manchester, Dundee, Edinburgh, Cumbria and Lancashire participating.
Warm up leaders.
Pink Pirates for Life get ready!
Nearly four hundred other participants join the fun.
Everyone was a winner and we also had teams who were 'best dressed',
'fastest time' and 'final winners'
and 'best team spirit'.
A huge 'Thank you' to Louisa and Sue for organising these two very successful events and also to all the many volunteers who put in the special effort to make these events so enjoyable.
6th. September, 2015
Another warm and sunny September day with two boats out on the water. Peter helmed a boat with some training routines for visitors from The Rosemere Cancer Foundation who were preparing for the regatta next week. Helen helmed Artemis Phyllis while Mags on the drum did an excellent coaching session allowing Paddlers for Life Windermere to train for the regatta. In the afternoon Chris helmed while Rowena on the drum also coached the team in some stamina exercises as we explored the northern end of Windermere accompanied by the support boat before crossing back from Wray Castle to Low Wood.
They were two excellent training sessions.
These two videos show some of the moments when we practised water safety procedures including loss of the helm and then the drummer overboard. We also swamped the boat to experience being out of the boat in the waters of Windermere.
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This event is co-hosted by Paddlers for Life, UK and English Lakes Hotels.