Conditions were great on the 29th December for the club Christmas paddle, well apart from a bit of mist that soon cleared up as the morning went on. Group 1, complete with regulation Christmas hats set off on time paddling across the lake and then up the east side to Troutbeck river. Group 2 on the other hand arrived late due to a flat battery and had a gentle paddle along the shore line. A great time was had by all with Jamie making good use of his kettle again as sausage buns were on the menu. Thanks go to Jamie for organising the trip.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October saw Kat McDowell and DCC member Alistair Hornsby compete in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Challenge 2016 in DCC colours.
This race started at Speirs Warf, Port Dundas, Glasgow. It finished at the Millennium Wheel, Falkirk. The distance was approximately 23.5 miles. Portages were required around the locks between Banknock and Bonnybridge in the last 5 miles of the stage. The start on Sunday 9th October was above the Millennium Wheel and the locks of the new Falkirk Interchange on the Union Canal. The finish was just before Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh. The distance was approximately 31 miles and as this was a contour canal there were no locks to portage. All competitors were required to navigate the entire length of the canals. There were mobile checkpoints in place to ensure that this was done. Competitors could portage in places other than around locks or natural blockages but at all times they had to follow the route of the canal and in no way shorten the course.
“The GE Challenge went well. We had lovely weather on the weekend; sunny with a slight headwind. Kat and I were unsupported so we carried our supplies with us for the respective 24 and 32 mile days.
Total time was 10:54 (I think) which we were happy with due to new boat and lack of training.”
Straight after the Saturday afternoon session at the docks Julie and Jo collected everyones order from the local chippy. Once everyone had finished their fish and chips it was time to get ready for a paddle in the dark around the docks. All dressed up in Halloween costumes, face paint and decked out the canoes with illuminated balloons. A great time was had by all, well except for two that were left on the dock side waiting for the RAC man to get their keys out of a locked boot. There were some amazing carved pumpkin lanterns by members on display as well. Afterwards some of the younger members settled down for the night in the gym for a spooky sleep over thanks to Carol and Lee.
Saturday 17th September was Ulverston's Lantern procession. We all met at Hill Foot garden centre car park and let lose all the bees that had been under the care of Carol, Emily, Victoria and Sue in the containers at the docks over the past few weeks. The hive was put together and lit up ready for the start. We were to lead the procession from this part of Ulverston. Emily had made a queen bee complete with a crown, decorated with gold wrapping papers off Mikes chocolate teacakes, and presented it to Carol. We set off to the sound of the band that was behind us, heading down Dalton gate to the front of the Coronation Hall where we met up with three other processions from different parts of the town. On our way to Ford Park for the finale of entertainment and fantastic fireworks we made our way through streets crowded with folk just watching never mind walking with a lantern in the parade. I have never seen so many people line the streets of Ulverston for a long time. As usual a great night was had by all.
“On Sunday 18th Sep saw DCC's Sea Kayakers Rob, John, John, Paul and Dave paddle the Lancaster Round, a 16 mile round trip setting off from Glasson Dock, heading up the River Lune through Lancaster, over the weir then at the Canals viaduct climbing up the path to then use the canal to go through the city and back out into the countryside. Then the final stretch of canal heading back to the dock, is where 6 locks are encountered and where team work and boat entry come into play as you negotiate each one.
On the trip we stopped for a nice pint in two different pubs, both in amazing places with spectacular views and things to see. Along the way, there were plenty of birds to spot, from Heron, Buzzards and even a Kingfisher that followed us all the way through its territory! Something that was interesting about canal paddling was how you get to compare your paddle speed to others around you, discovering that you are slower than a cyclist, faster than walkers and canal boats, which make for interesting overtaking!
The tide and weather were perfect, being pushed up the Lune gently, with the Sun out, it did start to cloud over by the evening and we made it back before the heavens opened up.
If you have yet not paddled the Lancaster Round, it is a must, the ability requirements lay more towards launching and docking often rather than long marathon style paddling, it is a long paddle but there is n't a rush and with all the places to stop and rest, it really makes it feel like a gentle relaxed day out but solo paddling it would be a much harder challenge due to the lock obstacle course heading back to Glasson. “
Congratulations to Carol, who along with two others from their region, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to canoeing at the Cumbria RDT meeting. As many of you already know, Carol wears many hats as a volunteer at DCC, and works extremely hard in her roles as Secretary, coach, welfare officer and more, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part, have fun and learn new skills.
We're very pleased that Carol has been recognised for her hard work and dedication. X
Carol was presented with her award at the RDT Cumbrian meeting at Penrith on the 14th September.
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