IMG_6931_2 There is some question over the title of the picture above! Tom’s suggestion is -

‘Border Patrol Officers Borwell and Hardcastle slip into Blakeney to check on illegal skiff rowers.’
Any other ideas?   (Please note who is actually at the helm)
Just to show the camaraderie among sailors and rowers – here Bluejacket offers a tow to immediate past Commodore Joe and wife Betty on a day when the wind was best described as a strong calm.
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Well done to Jenny and Rob Dunster, Chrissie Hill and Alan Collett who pulled the oars and Barry bravely coxing.

Hard work this rowing…

With the other boat engaged in some serious training for the Great River Race on the Thames in two weeks’ time, this fine cross section of our less competitive rowing community took time out to reflect on their achievement of rowing across the Pit at Blakeney to the old lifeboat house. This is now soundly restored by the National Trust as the Blakeney Point information centre. Indeed, the picture comes from Victoria, a National Trust warden who is seated on the left, and has recently become one of our rowers. 


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Further South…

Great news, Steve and his friends in Bristol at All-aboard Watersports launched the first of their St Ayles skiffs last week. The English fleet is growing!

Looking beautifully built and named Edward Colston after a local 17th century ship-owner, she was given a good outing under the watchful presence of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain.




We look forward to meeting them on the water soon.

I understand that minutes after these photos were take the building jig was being prepared to start their second boat! That’s skiff enthusiasm.



Four good reasons why we now have nearly 50 members.

The Watch House is in a beautifully isolated spot on the North bank of the Pit with a panorama of the coastline to the South from Sheringham through Cley, Blakeney, Morston, Stiffkey and on to Wells. Available for lease from the National Trust, the accommodation is basic with room to sleep and cook, sheltered from the elements. Unbeatable on a day like today.


1  Our ‘Famous Five’ go post Watch House camp brunch calorie burning…




2   John Seymour enjoying a sail in his Streaker nearly catches a CRAB-full…



3  ‘Camping’ at the Watch House…




4   Sorting Rowers from Cruisers for the trip back…



Tom the Photo again – thanks.

The Great Broads Tour and more…

If you haven’t already seen and heard it go to:

for a real treat. Great photos and wonderful music, compiled by event organiser Adrian Hodge, to celebrate a thoroughly enjoyable week on the Broads .

Adrian – you are a star!


Next up – Jonathan in his element at the Morston regatta:

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Bluejacket in pursuit:

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The team at Bayfield:

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Then our trip to Wells(-next-the-Sea) where we were joined by Paula, Peter and others from Team Guella who have two St Ayles skiff kits ready to start building.

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Many thanks to Andrea for the photos and Barrie for towing one of the boats back.

Water, water everywhere…

Big tides this week and the Carnser at Blakeney disappears under water. The area between the dinghy masts and the moored boats is where we usually park Hoi Larntan and Bluejacket! You can just see HL now behind the coloured Topper sail  where she was moved to safety.


Hope to have photos of the Broads Tour soon. Today they should be ending up at Neatishead (The White Horse) for the 2014 Tour dinner.

They will have had plenty of sunshine but I dare say some rain showers too. Ah, well, it is Summer.