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.
We gathered together by the side of Coniston lake at Brown Howe wondering what the day would throw at us in the way of weather. As you can see in the distance there was thick set cloud but where we were it was bluish skys and quite calm so we set off towards the bottom of the lake where the River Crake begins. Not long after paddling along the river we entered an open expanse called Alans Tarn. For those new to the area we spent time chatting and exploring a while before returning the way we came back to the lake shore to have our packed lunch. Afterwards we split into two groups with one lot returning to Brown Howe and the other continuing up to Wild Cat island and down Crocodile river before heading back. There was a change in weather but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. The day was captured mainly by Nancy who has now turned her hand from coaching to photography. Great photo of her wellies. Thanks to John for organising the paddle.
"What a brilliant day!!!!! A fantastic turn out to our fun day, with over 100 people out on the water trying all manner of craft. Sixty + of today's visitors were new to paddlesports, and others were returning after a long break. We're so pleased we've had the opportunity to promote our incredible sport to so many people. Once again huge thanks are due to our small army of volunteers who make all this possible, and the community who turn up and make it all worthwhile. 😁" Cari
Great pictures of the day by Cari and Carol.
Some great comments on the days from visitors to the event
Michelle Holmes "Thank you for today my little boy really enjoyed it"
Karen Baxter "Happy little kayaker!"
Gaynor Pearson "Super friendly event"
A hard paddle across a 3 foot swell from Keswick Landings to the river mouth was rewarded with a glorious 7 km trip. High water levels had washed out some play spots but this did not detract from the great views and the company of friends. John Sherwen
Great pictures of the day by John, who captured the swell they had to paddle through and David who captured the fruits of Autumn as Trevor managed to pick a fine example of an airbag growing at the waters edge. Isn't nature wonderful !!!!
Thursday evenings fun at Barrow pool was captured below and above the water by Carol on her water proof camera. The youngsters had a great time improving their skills with out really being aware they were learning as they were having to much fun. After the general session it was time for polo practise.
Racing today was relocated to the Docks as there was no shortage of water there. This was to compensate for having to cancel yet again the South Lakes Summer Series events that should have been held at Greenodd on the Crake. Everything about today was perfect especially for all the members new to competing. Races took part in all types of craft followed by a chance to have a go of the SUP boards and different boats. It was good to see so many youngsters in lightnings on the water. More info to follow of the days results. Well done to all who took part and had fun. Great photos of the days events by Emily Sneesby and Carol Stringer.
What another successful day for DCC at the Ulverston Regeneration Canal Gala day. After setting up the kit needed for the day some DDC members had a quick club paddle up to the swing bridge and back again before knuckling down, along with other members, to give the many visitors to the gala a chance to paddle on the canal. Despite all the weed and lily pads big enough to land a plane on everyone who paddled today had a great time especially one gent who despite being a bit nervous was well supported by his children who made sure they hung on to him all the way round. Well done to all who took part in making some great summer holiday memories for alot of families. Through donations by visitors paddling on the day DCC raised £89.28 for the Ulverston Canal Regeneration group. Congratulations also to Colin and the group for organising the days events.
The Friday evening session was well attended so taking advantage of the warm weather and calm water one of the groups was led out to the bulls nose by "coach Nancy" who took Carol out with her for support. Fun was had by all who took part this evening with Nancy having to have a rest and a cuddle half way before continuing with the antics of the night. Great photos of the evenings fun by Carol and Fran.