Memories of a fantastic Fathers Day were made today on and off the Crake at Greenodd. Plenty of DCC members turned up to make this a day to remember. On land there was plenty of room to practise throwing a line and learning the correct way to lay in the water when being rescued as demonstrated very well by one of our members. Then once everyone had got the hang of it it was on to the water to be rescued for real. This boosted the confidence of the youngsters and those that hadnt capzied before. A great time was had by all and not just the Dads.Hot dogs and cake were available on the day.
On June 17th DCC members took part in the annual Summer Solstice race on Lake Windermere. Awaiting a report from Scott on the days race.
This evening saw the second race of our clubs summer series.
So I'll start this post by saying a massive thanks to the support and dedication of our members. Without their organisation and planning such events wouldn't go ahead. A massive thanks also goes to those who act as safety both on and off the water and the various photographers for getting evidence of those who swim and those who don't :)
There isn't much more to add so here's the pictures. Hopefully there is one of everyone!
I've now been passed some Videos of the racing which can be found here (hopefully)
With the start of summer and the weather being warm for once the docks on Friday were very busy with a lot of different activities taking part. such as open canoeing, general paddle followed by polo at the bulls nose, paddle boards,etc and with it being so nice the youngsters decided to end the evening with jumping in. A great night was had by all.
This afternoon's paddle started really well with me leaving my phone at home. Not wanting to miss picture opportunities or messages from those coming later I quicklydashed home for it, luckily I was early!
As I returned everyone was just about ready, with boats unloaded and inflated, to get on the water so off we went. Sadly the heavens soon opened and we got a good soacking! Still we headed down to Allan tarn before returning to Brown Howe for hotdogs. The rain held off whilst we got cooking and the kettle going for some drinks to warm everyone up.
It was then that something miraculous happened. The forecast came good and the sun appeared! Having earlier decided a paddle to Peel island wasn't wise I swiftly changed my mine so a few of us headed offto explore Peel.
The evening turned out to be lovely and we had an excellent rest on the island bathed in sunshine. It was sad to see a sign on the island informing people that fires and camping on there is prohibited, a sad reality from the abuse such island get.
We then had a gentle paddle back to the cars, and one member who had decided to use the peace and quiet on the beach to revise for her exams, to load up and head home.
My pictures are below but as always check out the Google+ albums for more from other members.
During the holidays in May, DCC coaches and volunteers assisted in giving a local youth group a day to remember. Two seperate groups from the youth club came down in the morning and afternoon and had a great time. Great photos by Carol.
While the main group paddled up to the bulls nose and the rest practised polo skills, Andy got out the latest bit of kit DCC have aquirred namely "the paddle board". Under the guise of just testing it out he had a great time paddling up and down the docks before it was quickly taken over by all the youngsters who wanted to have a go. Other members did show a great interest in it but would prefer to test it out when the water gets a bit warmer. Well come this Friday there should be a very long queue to have a go as its supposed to be a very sunny day. Think we will have to borrow a ticket machine and hand out numbers to take turns.
The water was a bit challenging this evening as it was so windy. It was decided that we would stay on land and make use of the ergos instead. One young member was a natural and used her legs and truck rotation when paddling. Afterwards the youngsters practised their throw line skills by taking it in turns to rescue each other. It was great to see one of the youngsters Grandad participating in the session. Later we played games to improve on our paddling actions. Everyone enjoyed the session even though they didnt get to go out on the water. This was followed by a hot chocolate. Hoping for better weather next week. It was also ideal conditions to hose down the kit from the race on Tuesday. This was entrusted to one young member on the understanding he only washed the kit and not us.
On Sunday evening paddlers of all ages, some from as far as Bradford, met up at Greenodd for the first in a series of 4 WW races organised by DCC. The weather was ideal though we could have done with a bit more water in the Crake. The evening went well with several paddlers making their debut at wild water racing. All crossed the finishing line. The great pictures were taken by Cari, Tim, Brandon and Trevor. The next race is on June 11th starting at 5pm