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.
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)