A beautiful sunny Friday evening and both Hoi Larntan and Bluejacket head out. Gentle breeze, plenty of water and crystal clear visibility, good company, plenty of smiles, stylish boats and a chance to row and exercise the muscles (well, that’s what we call them!)
Hoi Larntan setting off across the Pit at Blakeney Harbour closely followed by Bluejacket - believe me she’s there just out of frame! (photo Tom Green)
Après-row (the priority for some) took place in the King’s Arms.
If you haven’t already seen a copy, this month’s issue (August) carries a full page article (p78) on CRABlakeney; featured as the monthly Club Profile.
Anglia Afloat is the premier journal for all things boatie in the Anglia region. A wide circulation and full of interesting goings on in the boating world in and around the East Coast. Thanks to Antonia for ensuring we made the copy deadline and Rachel Buller for including us.
Antonia takes the crew, beginners and seasoned skiffers alike, out into the harbour to enjoy the sun.
A little light exercise never hurt anyone….
If you haven’t put your name down for a row, check on the calendar – plenty of outings coming up. The weather is fine, the water is great. What more could you want?
The nights are drawing in.
Rob and Robin warming up for the Osea Island Race this w/e, with Steve and Dave Seaman.
Alan urges this hardy crew battling against driving rain and gusts of up to 30mph during Thursday evening’s outing. Oh, the joys of skiffing.
Sodden but satisfied after the evening row
Thanks to Tom’s mobile for photos.
A successful row in Hoi Larntan to win prizes in Cork and then learning how to row Venetian style at the Voga Longa, but still not satisfied! Our President tries Paddle boarding at Blakeney.
Rumours that this is to become the preferred training method for skiff rowing are, happily, unfounded.
(Thanks to Tom for photo)
CRAB, with members of Langstone Cutters, in Hoi Larntan won the fastest 4 oared wooden boat trophy, and were second in the prettiest “hand built” category at Cork Ocean to City Maritime Festival last weekend.
Congratulations to all involved.
As part of the RYA’s national Push-the-Boat-Out weekend CRABlakeney joined the sailors of Blakeney Sailing Club, and other clubs all over the country, in offering the chance for anyone who came along, to have a go in a boat.
With beautiful weather and lots of North Norfolk sunshine, both our boats were kept busy treating numbers of people to the fun of coastal rowing in St Ayles skiffs. The smiles said it all. Thanks to all who took time to instruct and act as more experienced rowers.
Earlier in the week a group of students from local independent school Gresham’s, in nearby Holt, had a morning trying their hands at skiff rowing.
They were very good and enthusiastic. Navy cadets from the CCF. Bit of a change from our normal age range. The promise of a flourishing future?
We had two boats out. Victoria coxed one and Alan the other. He took his crew on an excursion way up Cley creek – quite an experience!
They ended with a race of about 100m, in the Pit, which was well contested and resulted in a dead heat. All celebrated by going to Wells for fish and chips.
Our new trailer/trolley combination freshly back from the galvanisers’ tank. Very many thanks to Ian (the trailer) for building it for us. Now we can shift both boats.
Lots of happy road-miles to come.
The best caption we have had so far for the Hmmmm…. photo below, is from Mark Fleming:
“Ian looks a trifle worried as final checks for his round the world row are carried out.”
Thanks Mark. Your prize in the post!
Now you tell me! You want oars as well?
Small prize for better caption.