Awaiting report. Great pictures of the evening by Fran Humpherson. Full album in gallery.
The weather was a bit windy tonight but it didnt stop anyone from getting out on the water. Folks went out in kayaks and sup boards this evening with a bunch of new members who participated in the Barrow & District Society for the Blind session a few weeks ago joining Coach Andy for trip around the docks on the 8 person SUP. Despite jumping up and down several times they all managed to stay on board. As usual a great time was had by all.
On Tuesday afternoon 6 lads along with two leaders paid a visit to the docks. All enjoyed their first time on and in the water paddling kayaks. Conditions weren't ideal for the SUP boards but that didnt stop anyone from having fun. A brilliant time was had by a great bunch of youngsters. They were all invited back to try the SUP another day. Full album in the gallery.
Plenty of folk took to the water this evening and so three groups were formed. One group went to explore the large vessel that had entered the dock earlier that day while others either went to the bulls nose for games or did marathon practice. All groups enjoyed their paddle.
“7 kayaks set off from the lifeboat station on Roa Island,with Rob leading the way. The low tide meant quite a long carry over the stony beach. Although the sky was threatening, it mostly remained dry. We passed Piel, & continued round to Bass Pool. There Geoff & Jamie both practised tipping out & re-entry. We then continued south along the S Walney coast. We were rewarded by being escorted by about a dozen seals, who played at diving just in front or behind our boats. Flocks of oyster-catchers took off & filled the sky. Heading north, we came ashore on Piel for a drink & a bite, making use of the tables outside the Ship Inn. We aimed off to counter the incoming tide as we crossed the shipping channel, & were soon back at the lifeboat station.”
7 of us met at Cooper lane car park Bardsea. The tide was a small 7m neap tide.
After a shot trolley and carry to the water we set of to chapel island. This island was used in times gone by as a safe refuse for people crossing the Leven estuary. As it's name suggests there was once a chapel here.
We passed on the outside of the island then headed to Plumpton rail viaduct. As we passed under the viaduct all was calm. Normally when we pass under on bigger tides, there is a roaring as the incoming tide squeezes between the pillars causing waves and whirlpools
We then stopped for a short snack break before heading back on the beautiful silvery calm sea back to the cars.
Thanks again to all those people who were able to make the trip
The weather was ideal this evening and the session well attended with many going out in kayaks to explore the docks. The rest went out on SUP boards where they put their skills to the test. This was captured by Fran.
These are pictures taken to day of a session that DCC Coach Carol led for a great bunch of folk.
Carol said "On Wednesday 24th July Duddon Canoe club ran a session for a group of visually impaired adults. We were contacted by Claire Huddleston the vision support team officer from Barrow blind society. Conditions were good and 8 paddlers had a trip on the dock with support from 5 club coaches and 2 members on shore. The majority of the paddlers would like to come again and some have enquired about becoming members. Thanks to all who helped to make it a good experience."
Claire Huddleston kindly said "A special thank you from everyone at Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind for this afternoon. The understanding of local sports clubs allows for our clients to undertake new activities. Our members thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I think you may have some new members coming along on Friday which just highlights the dedication and understanding of your coaches"
This evening while the cubs were drying out it was the turn of the Scouts to board the 8 person SUP board and take to the polo courts. A great time was had by all. Its been a busy time for DCC coaches and helpers over this past week but its been all worth while when you see how much fun these youngsters have had.