Smile…and all pull together!

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?



Whatever next?


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)

Pushing the boat(s) out….


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!


It doesn’t stop there…

Adrian, our membership guru, has been keeping an eye on Hoi Larntan’s activities to date. With Bluejacket in the water too now, the summer promises to be busy. Major highlight after the Bank Holiday weekend will be taking her (HL) to Cork in the South of Ireland for the Ocean to City long distance row – quite a spectacle with masses of different boats from all over the world.

That leaves the rest of us at home to get used to Bluejacket’s amazing new oars here in the Pit at Blakeney!

Adrian reported:

“You may be interested to know who has been using the boats.
Top Gun is Victoria with 34 recorded outings, closely followed by Antonia with 31. Then Barry 24, Ian, Alan and Roland on 21.
9 rowers have recorded between 10 and 20 outings and a total of 71 people (CRAB members and non-members) have had at least one recorded outing.”

Not bad for a little boat.

This is what it is all about:



Enjoy your rowing!

P.S. the new trailer/trolley combi for Bluejacket is in Peterborough being galvanised as we speak (write?).