Up to now this year DCC has helped Cubs, Scouts, Guides, Youth groups, special school youth groups, Council run groups, community groups, school groups and many others achieve great things down at the docks. The smile on the faces of all who attend these sessions says it all. This is only acheiveable with the dedicaton and help of all volunteer coaches and helpers not only at DCC but those that run these clubs.
Monday evening was perfect for a sea paddle starting from Roa Island. The group paddled past Piel and onto and around the South end of Walney before returning to land on the island for a well earned rest. When ready they continued their journey back to the jetty on the incoming tide. On the way back to Piel they encountered a few large vessels that were making their way up to Barrow Docks. Never a dull moment out at sea.
This year saw DCC members Scott Wilson and Lee Bentley compete in the Windermere Triathlon. This meant swimming, cycling and then running a set distance in and around Windermere. Both did them selves proud and finished with in a couple of minutes of each other. Well done to both and their support crew.
"This is what Me and Scott trained for the last 12 month after marshalling last year and thinking yes we could do This! Was a hard slog as you can tell from some of the pictures (Scott looks more tired then me) but happy to say we both finished thanks to the support of the Marshalls from Duddon Victoria Andy and Emily Longstaff, Julie Brandon and Owen Wilson,Rhiann Chris and Cari Taylor and Connor Ryan and Kirsty Bentley you were all brill. The weather stayed ok too think the swimming was tougher then expected but we both excelled on the cycle overtaking some very expensive bikes and then the run was a hard 10k for me but what a brill day we had and both were happy with times. Should be up for beating them next year, Thanks again Duddon for your support." Lee Bentley
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.