While heading up the path to the canal our trip started with the sight of the West Coast Railways Santa special steaming towards Lancaster. It was being pulled along by a diesel as Rudolph and the gang must have had the weekend off. We had a wet and windy start to our paddle but the weather soon improved so it didn't deter the four of us from enjoying a paddle along Lancaster canal from Bolton le Sands up towards Capernwray. Here we stopped for dinner and a chat where several dogs took a fancy to our sandwiches. On the way back we spotted a kingfisher skimming along the top of the water aswell as plenty of ducks. A pleasant trip was had by all along a scenic stretch of the Lancaster canal.
On Saturday 1st of December duddon took a mixture of polo players to a tournament in Penrith leisure centre... the tournament was for all abilities, to help encourage people give it ago. We had two brand new players Rachel and mark, junior players Connor and Jolene with Kirsty, Michelle, Trevor, Lee and Scott.
With having 9 players we decided to just mix each team up and go have fun and maybe learn one more rule.
There was some great team play by all involed passing the ball around until there were shots on for players to score.( Lee and Scott 3, Trevor 2 and mark 1) The defence was strong at times giving other clubs the run out they needed... the juniors Connor and jo did a fantastic job all round but also putting in some great shots on target but were sadly saved by some great goalkeepers. For marks and Rachel's first time and them feeling nervous at the start they soon both fit well into the team. Putting in some fantastic defence even taking a few pushes in and managing to carry on and mark even scoring on his first game. Well done all
A big thank you goes out to them that came up to support Jo's dad, Sarah (marks wife) and of course Ryan team mascot( For now as you be playing soon) ....
The next tournament is on 26th January if anyone age 12 and above would like to give this ago please come and join in...
Trevor and Michelle
Everyone turned up early to get on to the River Crake at Spark Bridge. This was the first time some had been on moving water but the weather was kind to everyone this day and so alot was accomplished by all under the watchful eye and coaching from Andy and Scott.
Illness, whiplash and timing errors drastically reduced numbers but ‘we few’ had a great paddle in unexpectedly good conditions. Starting at Fell Foot we paddled to YMCA south camp, had a brew then across the lake and back towards Fell Foot and down to Newby Bridge before returning to the start point. It did rain - on the way home ! John.
It was so windy this afternoon the bonfire/halloween paddle never took place. Instead everyone stayed indoors and had lots of cuddles of new DCC member Arya in between eating some great food that everyone had brought to share. After wards it was down to the dock side to keep warm by the bonfire and to watch fireworks set off by Scott. Thanks to all for a great evening and to Cari for sharing her beautiful grandaughter.
Congratulations go to DCC member Victoria Longstaff on becoming one of DCC's youngest level 1 coaches at the age of 16. Tori has been canoeing since the age of 7 and is a very experienced paddler winning many medals and trophies as well as being a National Wavehopper champion for several years. She has recently added a SUP board course to her CV. Tori is following in the footsteps of her father Andy and sister Emily who are also coaches at DCC and her mother Sue who supports the weekly sessions on shore.
Thursday saw several members of DCC paddle on and in the River Eden. Old skills were improved on and new skills were gained as the paddlers found themselves being challenged at times by the river. A great time was had by all with pictures of the day by Sue Longstaff. For more pictures and a video of what they got up to click here.
Todays family paddle was well attended by members of all ages. Once the boats were unloaded it was straight onto the water and we set off paddling up towards the M6 bridge that spans the canal about 3 miles away. Here we stopped for our lunch and a well earned break. John tried out his emergency bivouac ( yes I had to look that up) on one family who ended up nice and cosy sheltered underneath from the wind that was beginning to pick up. Last time we visited this stretch was in July 2012 for those trying to work out when. Thanks to John for organising the trip and transporting the boats along with Lee. Thanks also to Nancy for some great photos again and to Kirsty for great cake.
The first Saturday session of the winter months was like a summers day, not a cloud in the sky. The afternoon was well attended by members who because of restrictions in the dock paddled across and up to the bulls nose for fun and games. Little did they know Scott had arranged a wave machine in the form of the local police rib who ran circles around everyone. Great fun was had by all bobbing up and down on the waves with only one casualty who was rescued by Carol. Thanks go to the police who made it a session to remember by the club.
It was a day of great personal achievement for many DCC members who took part in moving water training on the Crake at Greenodd. Paddlers of all ages new to moving water succeeded in not only paddling on the river but also attempting going over the weir for the first time. One grandmother decided to set a good example to her grandaughters and led the way over the weir to show them there was nothing to fear. Little did they know she couldn't stop her legs shaking. Three young members received their PaddlePower Start certificates off John on completion of that course today. It was one young members 11th birthday so we rounded off the day with a cuppa and a chunk of birthday cake. Chugaboom, Carols van, was a great asset in providing shelter and brews. Thanks go to Andy for organising the event.