• September 19, 2021

    Lucky paddlers.

    Tour visiting Brathay, Wray Castle and back via White Cross Bay. We watched the rain as we warmed up in the garage and checked weather across a drizzly looking Windermere. However, once we were boarded and off across the water we experienced relatively calm conditions and stayed dry for our 1 hour 30 minute paddle ...more
  • September 13, 2021

    Our paddling routine has become more familiar.

    Our 2021 season. It has been good to get back into a more regular paddling routine in the 2021 season thanks to careful planning from our trustees, helms who have committed to more sessions with a Thursday paddle and two or three Sunday sessions. Many members have pitched in to ensure sessions are as safe as can be taking ...more
  • August 15, 2021

    Getting to know our OC6.

    Two different boats on Windermere. It was a day for getting to know how our different boats behave for both paddlers and helms/steers. June writes... Louisa on the drum and John helming. Nice to see paddlers paddling together on the same seat ……small steps forward. Second OC6 crew with Roz and Chris as ...more
  • August 1, 2021

    Great enthusiasm from members in a weekend of paddling.

    OC6 paddling on Saturday and dragon boat paddling on Sunday. Siobhan and Cam came up from Great Britian Outrigger  (GBOCA) in London to train us in the use of our recently acquired OC6 outrigger canoe for six paddlers. Members are excited to have finally launched the canoe on Windermere which was the wish of one of our ...more
  • July 26, 2021

    Three lovely sessions again.

    Lovely paddling conditions again. John, Roz and Chris helmed three paddling crew sessions in lovely conditions. Thanks again to all who pitched in to ensure safe paddling by cleaning kit and boats and organising the sessions, pre-paddle warm up and dressing the boats. It was good to have the support boat ...more
  • July 18, 2021

    Another beautiful day to paddle dragon boats on Windermere.

    Three crews paddled on Windermere in hot conditions. Conditions were perfect for helms Roz, Chris and John to take paddlers out to enjoy the weather along with many other kayakers, paddle boarders, sailors, swimmers, rowers and canoeists who were enjoying the warm waters. First crew.     &nbs...more
  • July 11, 2021

    The traditions of our dragon boat sport.

    The eye dotting ceremony. There are traditions linked to our dragon boat sport. Usually we would hold an 'eye dotting' ceremony around the time of the Chinese New Year. This traditional part of the dragon boat festival is thought to awaken our dragons so their spirit can watch over us and keep us safe. The pandemic has ...more
  • July 6, 2021

    Our OC6 journey continues.

    We met with OCUK representatives. Our outrigger six canoe (OC6) is of a design called Tahitian Rocket. Outrigger canoes are also known as Va'a (V6) and Wa'a (Waka'ama, W6). It was a chance to find out the history of our Outrigger canoe and the sport's origins. We also heard about the cultural origins of activities and ...more
  • July 4, 2021

    Paddling sessions are going well.

    The arrangements for our covid-19 safe paddling sessions continue to work well. The trustees have done a brilliant job of arranging our covid-19 safe paddling sessions and they are working well with the strong support of trustees and members in key safety roles. Because our helms are committed to ensuring as many ...more
  • June 14, 2021

    It is good to be paddling again.

    Paddling on Sunday June 13th. Our covid-19 safe paddling procedures are working well. Two groups were able to paddle. June writes... "We had a great day yesterday with two crews. Crew 1 at 10 am with Chris at the helm had a good paddle up to Ambleside around the island and through the trees past the campsites. It ...more
  • June 6, 2021

    Second paddle on June 6th.

    Another lovely day for our second paddle of 2021 Peter took out the first crew to paddle. June writes.. "Roz took out the second crew for a fantastic session some newbies from last week and newbies this week along with our experienced paddlers. It was a great paddle and Artemis Phyllis carried everyone safely over ...more
  • May 31, 2021

    First paddle of 2021

    A joyous return to paddling after pandemic measures. Paddlers enjoyed perfect conditions for the first paddling session of 2021 which was delayed for a week by strong winds the previous week. Sunshine and calm conditions made for a gorgeous day of paddling. The covid-19 safe paddling plans carefully risk assessed by the ...more
  • May 28, 2021

    Resuming paddling.

    Safe paddling trial run. A group of paddlers gathered on Thursday for a trial run of our covid-19 safe procedures for a return to paddling. Our trustees have carefully planned for a safe return to paddling after over a year has elapsed since our last paddling session due to pandemic measures and lock downs. Having ...more
  • May 6, 2021

    Boat maintenance and pontoon building 2021.

    More preparations for paddling. Members spent a day cleaning and maintaining the dragon boats, sorting equipment and tidying the garage and cleaning the pontoon sections and building the pontoon.                 more
  • April 25, 2021

    Our OC6 is with us.

    Welcome to our OC6 outrigger canoe. Jill and Simon went down to London to collect our OC6 outrigger canoe from Great Britain Outrigger on Friday 23rd. April, 2021. Here are our first pictures of the canoe ready to collect and then loaded onto the trailer.             ...more
  • April 25, 2021

    A welcome from Great Britain Outrigger

    Great Britain Outrigger have welcomed Paddlers for Life Windermere writing "Congratulations to our newest Great Britain Outrigger club Paddlers for Life Windermere." on their Facebook post. They look forward to meeting us on Windermere and acknowledge our team effort in fundraising to get the outrigger canoe. more
  • April 18, 2021

    Be ready to paddle.

    Paddling information sheet. Paddlers-info-sheet-2021more
  • April 9, 2021

    Resuming paddling in 2021

    Plans for paddling in 2021. Paddlers for Life Windermere have plans in place to resume paddling on Sunday May 23rd. if the road map for pandemic measures continues with the current timetable. We are letting any signed-up member go in the boat (new or experienced) but no visitors at the moment. Hopefully we will be ...more
  • February 10, 2021

    Motivation from Louisa.

    Louisa, founder member and patron, reminds us of the benefits of dragon boat paddling and looks forward to our return to the waters of Windermere and the arrival of our outrigger canoe later  in 2021. more
  • January 31, 2021

    Helping our Hawaiian Challenge: Information and Donate.

    Helping with our challenge. Our challenge goes live on the 1st. February, 2021. We are trying to raise £2500 to get our new outrigger canoe to Windermere and on the water with equipment, safety gear and livery. See here... and here. The distance is 10,719 miles (17,251 km) to bring an OC6 to a new home. Contr...more
  • Silverdale Coffee Morning fundraiser
    January 30, 2021

    Silverdale fundraising support.

    Silverdale community's generosity. Normally, on this last Saturday in January, Paddlers for Life members would be meeting in Silverdale's Gaskell Hall for what has become an annual fund raiser for the team. The first coffee morning was in 2011.   Silverdale's Coffee Mornings are a community social event ...more
  • January 28, 2021

    Outrigger canoe cancer paddling team Mana'olana.

    Mana'olana means 'hope'. Mana'olana pink paddlers are the Hawaii based paddlers who provide similar support for cancer survivors and their supporters to those provided by breast cancer dragon boat teams. Sue and Peter paddled with them on their visits to Hawaii. It will be great to have our own outrigger canoe and a ...more
  • January 27, 2021

    How an outrigger canoe will help paddlers.

    Why an outrigger canoe for a dragon boat team? Getting our dragon boats on the water requires at least eight paddlers but ten, twelve or more make for a better paddling experience and the dragon boat can have as many as eighteen paddlers along with a helm who steers the boat and a drummer. Windermere can vary from dead ...more
  • January 26, 2021

    Hawaii to Ambleside outrigger canoe challenge 2021 spreadsheet

    Hawaii to Ambleside. Keep up to date with our Hawaiian Challenge Progress.  Make sure you add to the correct day and week. If you have problems with this page on your device follow this link to see the whole spreadsheet where you can add your data. more


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