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Despite the wind and cold many DCC members turned up for the Family paddle at the docks on Saturday tea time. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a great buffet supplied by all members attending followed by some fantastic fireworks. As usual a great time was had by all giving us a chance to catch up with friends old and new. Thanks go to Scott for his great selection of fireworks and Andy for keeping the bonfire going.
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When I first started coming down the club Kirsty would hardly step a foot in a boat due to her fears of water... not even being able to put her head under... but with a lot of begging I encourage her to do the marathons in a k2 with myself. Kirsty then started to get the bug for racing doing the marathon on her own as well as trying out wild water. Kirsty started to become a regular getting on the water on a club night, getting coaching from Andy & Carol and even a winter session with John S. on marathon kayaks.
With more encouragement from Duddon coaches Trevor, Lee, Scott and myself we managed to get her in a polo boat. With help from Fran Kirsty started a new whole level for herself with simply putting her head under the water at the baths...
With coaching from Trevor, Scott, Lee, Chris and myself Kirsty with a few months of trying on Thurs 2nd November managed to hand roll in a kayak... well done Kirsty.
If I do say so myself it has been great to see a person over come their fears and get great fun from it at the same time.. just goes to show what us coaches can do with a little patience.
Well done team Duddon
from Michelle Sanderson
Duddon Wildwater racing team took a relatively small team to the recent Wildwater race on the river Irwell at the Burrs country park in Bury. After the normal sprint race the inaugural Wavehopper club team championships was to be held with a prize of a new Wavehopper racing boat for the winning team kindly donated by wavesport. The Wildwater racing committee decided to develop team racing after recent successes in the world championship.
Boats were loaded on the trailer Saturday in the pouring rain and it kept raining until the early hours of Sunday morning, everyone kept an eye on the river gauges and they peaked at 1.9 metres in the early hours 1.6m above the normal water level. Luckily water levels had dropped sufficiently by the morning so the race could go ahead however half of the Duddon team had never raced in such high water levels.
There was a coaches meeting in the morning and it was decided to shorten the race course because of a fallen tree towards the bottom of the course, then it was time for the practice runs and trying to find the fastest route down a familiar course that now has over double the usual amount of water.
The first paddler away was 10 year old Ryan Bentley who got into the fast flowing water and paddled straight over the top of the first wave train killing his speed and spinning him out of the flow he turned his boat and completed the race without any more mishaps. Next up was an apprehensive Conner Bentley who had never paddled a wavehopper in such challenging conditions however he paddled well both runs and posted a time of 2:08 on his second run.
After the junior racers had paddled it was the turn of the older paddlers and Duddon had Lee Bentley who paddled well on his first run setting a good time of 1:51, however in his second run he got pushed onto the wave train was hit by a big stopper that killed his speed so was unable to improve on his tie in the second run. Scott Wilson was next; he raced well however lost the fast flowing water towards the end of the river but still set a competitive time that he was unable to improve on in his second run. Andy Longstaff was the final Duddon paddler he paddled his C1 well and completed both runs with his fastest time being 2:34.
Two of Duddons paddlers are now attending universities in the north of England and they both turned up to paddle the Irwell the first was Brandon Wilson who paddled really well in his first run setting the second fastest time of the day in a wavehopper sadly he was unable to improve on this time in his second run. Emily Longstaff also took time out of her learning to race a C1 boat, sadly conditions on the day were too rough and her boat swamped giving the safety team some rescue practice.
Duddon only had enough paddlers to enter 1 team in the team race, the boats were taken to the start as quickly as possible to try and make the most of the quickly dropping water levels. Duddon were the second team down the course, Wilson senior lead the way followed by Lee Bentley and Brandon Wilson at the back, they put a good solid run in and then stayed at the finish to watch the other teams. The racing was very close and when the results were worked out Duddon were in joint first place with Banbury canoe club, this gave the organisers a headache as they only had one first prize, the organisers added up the individual times from the sprint race and this meant that Banbury canoe club won the 1st prize. The whole team raced really well however outstanding paddler of the day was Ryan Bentley who had never paddled in conditions as high as they were; even when he made mistakes it didn’t put him off he just got back on track and carried on.
By Scott Wilson
1st Under 12 Ryan Bentley
2nd under 14 Conner Bentley
2nd under 18 Brandon Wilson
1st veteran Scott Wilson
Another great night was had by DCC members who took part in the annual Lantern Procession in Ulverston. This years parade was all about "Space" and the club chose to make "Dr Who" themed lanterns including daleks, K9 and the Tardis. Thanks go to all who helped.
Tonight after the normal Friday session the overall winners of the South lakes summer series were awarded their medals. This was followed by a buffet in the club house. It was great to see so many young members and older ones,being rewarded for the effort they've put in during the last few months. They have done themselves and the club proud. Well done. This is an ideal race for those that wish to start racing on white water as it is suitable for beginners and is aimed at having fun.
Couldnt have asked for a better end to the summer holidays than the final of the DCC South Lakes Summer Series set of four races. Could have asked for better weather though but it didnt deter anyone from having a great time. This race was well attended as most folk were home from holiday ready to send their children back to school the next week.
There were no mishaps during the race and all passed the finishing line in their chosen boat.
The intention of the DCC SLSS races is to encourage paddlers new to white water, to promote confindence in their abilities and to have fun in a safer environment.. This has been well demonstrated by all who took part in the series.
Because of the rain only certificates of the afternoons race were given out.. The medals of the overall series winners were presented at the docks on Friday 8th after the normal club sesson which was then followed by a lovely buffet in the club house provided by all the members. Congratulations to all who took part.
So today saw a few club members plus a friend head to Lazonby on the River Eden to have an explore of the river down to Armathwaite. It was a lovely sunny day but we all heeded the advice of a great man who always tells us to dress for the water not the weather. As a result we all got gradually warmer before having a little dunk of some description in the river.
I must say the journey was superb and certainly a good canoeing river. One that we all intend to visit again
As always plenty of pictures have been taken. A small sample of which are below. Check out the Google+ album for the full set of pictures.
Todays race was well attended by members of DCC. I think the weather conditions put many off from travelling the distance here as it was so wet plus it was the start of the holidays. Despite the rain competitors only really got wet once they got off the water which was great as they all passed the finish in their boats. Everyone did very well especially the young ones who are really getting the racing bug. To keep us entertained while waiting for the race to start we played a variety of games such as "Wheres Owen" and later on it was "Who can travel the furthest using a tarpaulin" and "How long can you stay on a skate board"( been corrected, its a ripstik. Either way its difficult.). Sue and Julie used the latest club acquisiton of a fishermans tent. This was perfect for sitting in the rain at the finish as it kept the time sheets dry. We are getting our moneys worth out of it as it will double up as Santas Grotto in December. Now all we need is a Santa, I wonder who!!
So this weekend was Ulverston canal gala, organised by Ulverston canal regeneration group.
This year the weather gods looked upon us favourably and we had an entire day of sunshine. As a result we had a steady stream of people wanting to give canoeing a go, and hopefully some new members. We had lots of positive comments and interesting questions on the day, as well as many generous donations.
I'm sure pictures for this will pop up all over the place so please feel free to send them over and I'll add them to the gallery.
The pictures and video I have so far are below. Happy viewing :)
Tuesday 11th July was the final special school canoe club session before the start of the summer holidays. Looking back over the months its been great to see the progress the young folk have made. They have made personal improvements in their paddling skills and have excelled in their knowledge of the kit they wear and what is needed to enjoy paddling safely. All of this has been reinforced by their visits to the docks with their schools. The sessions start again on Tuesday 12th September till Tuesday 10th October when they will finish till April 2018.