On Tuesday evening dock session Jack & Phoebe were launched onto the water by use of the seal launch built by John and Ray. They had a great time with it all being caught on video ( Click this link) by Penny.
Two groups took to the water on Lancaster canal today setting off from Tewitfield. The “lets have a good chat and look at beautuiful dragonflies “group lead by Fran and the fast group lead by John. After paddling through a lush green carpet to reach Carnforth basin we met up again with the fast team once they had returned from paddling further up the canal. Here we had our lunch before getting back on the water to return. Not only did we see dragonflies as big as helicopters but Fran spotted a black furry creature with a long tail, twice the size of rat, running along the canal bank. A great paddle was had by all
The sessions at the docks, led by Head Coach John, have been well attended. I have grouped pictures together from two separate dock paddles as I feel you could be witnessing the birth of the new lightning team as pointed out by John when he wrote
“Abdallah has really missed seeing us all and having a good time at the pool sessions so it was great to see him on his first visit to the docks with dad Aban. He seems to have grown a lot since I last saw him at the pool - we will soon have him in our junior race team!!” By John
Aban, Geoff and their families enjoyed their time at the docks and will no doubt book in again.
Keep checking the calendar for dock sessions that you and your family can book on. Don’t forget that Covid 19 rules apply so numbers will be restricted to 6 at a time and social distancing means John will not be rescuing anyone. So you need to be able to self-rescue / swim ashore or be in a household group that can rescue each other.
The sea paddle set off from Coopers Lane, Bardsea on Sunday afternoon. They paddled up the Leven Estuary and then across to Chapel Island to explore before making the return journey. Conditions made for a great padddle. To find out a bit more on Chapel Island, check out Johns Trivia.(scroll further down)
Thursday aftenoon saw a group of DCC members back on the water. Following covid 19 rules and keeping thier distance, all had a pleasant paddle and chat.
"I hope to start week day paddling tours again soon - these were originally aimed at retired / not at work/ shift work members who are reasonable paddlers able to look after themselves. This will need to be the case now as I will not be getting close up to rescue you!! or using a trailer to move boats about. Just to get into the swing of things again I am starting by running a session on the docks. . These sessions will run for about 1 1/2 hr. and can cover some coaching of basics if you wish. check emails or calendar for days and times.
Numbers will be limited.Please let me know:-
1) if you are interested joining us for future weekday paddling.
2) would like to attend the dock session
contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01229462905
club kit is available to use but the changing rooms and kitchen will not be open.
SORRY to those less experienced members not able to join club activities at the present time. We will open activities up to you all as soon as restrictions permit and club coaches/ leaders feel it is safe for them to run activities."
Wednesday 1st july
"With a calm evening forecast we met up at Roa Island.
Parking was a bit sparce as there had been a distress call and the life boat crew were attending.
With a short carry we were soon on the water.
It was 3 hours before High water and even on the neap tide there was quite a run on the channel.
Once accross the channel the sea became calmer.
We had a leisurely paddle round piel island and on to see the seals.
As we reached the south end of walney we were joined be the inquisitive seals.
With heads popping up all around us.
There was a young seal enjoying basking in the evening sun on channel marker bouy.
We then headed into bass pool.
Then after the mandatory brew stop, we completed the circumnavigation of piel.
Before heading back accross the channel we gave way to 2 large ships heading out to sea.
We were too soon back to were we started and an even shorter carry back to the cars
Another great evening with good company. "