May Day row…

What’s this?   Another empty boat?  How did it get there?IMG_1346.jpeg

Are these two oystercatchers the crew?IMG_1349.jpeg

All was well. Rosemary tells me the human crew were ingesting caffeine and chocolate in preparation for a testing row back before the imminent rain shower arrived (it never did!) – weaving their way through the Blakeney Sailing Club dinghies, racing in a stiff Southerly breeze.

A good work-out for all. It is called ‘Labour Day’ in various parts of the world, so why not?


North Norfolk – and a big, big tide…

We are blessed with the most spectacular scenery, are we not?

The length of Pinchen’s Creek with scarcely a ripple breaking the surface:CA67F335-8447-4D94-8D5C-21A63BF15919.JPG

Dog obedience-training with a boat? Heel, Bluejacket!


Anta’s shadow, wielding the camera, concentrating on the backs of the crew’s heads. All in the name of Art, according to Derryn who recently completed a portrait painting course.

“Portraits”, really?

Rowing back home, they by-passed the slipway and beached up in the boat park, so high was the tide!


Pinchen’s Creek on Sunday…

In between mending oars (that we broke in Ireland) with high-tech carbon fibre etc., Rob and Jenny tried out their new Joel White skiff ‘Petrel’. Rob has made a super job of completing her from a bare shell bought on e-Bay!

Out to Blakeney Point and, in line with tradition, pulled in to sit alongside Bluejacket while chocolate and other health-giving, energy-restoring supplements were taken on board by the crews.


A lovely evening as the sun drifted low to the West….

Thanks to Anta for the photo.

Fixing the oar from Ireland


Remember the stroke oar that broke during the Worlds last summer? It hasn’t been forgotten, though some head scratching needed to figure how to fix it. First, make a plug to fit inside the clean part of the break, with added carbon fibre rods either side for reinforcement-


Then with everything aligned, glue everything in site with epoxy, thin first, then thickened, then filler – the damage actually extended right up to the leathered section.


Results looked promising….


and after adding a layer of thin fibreglass cloth over the damaged areas, varnishing and putting the leather back..


it looks like an oar again


Not legitimate for racing under St Ayles rules (due to carbon & glass fibre) , and remains to see how it performs under load, but little use broken & an expensive piece of firewood. Moral of the story- for oars, reject out of hand any wood with knots in.












British Summer Time…

Alan reports on a brisk row after the clocks go forward one hour:

“We took Bluejacket on the evening tide of the first day of British Summer Time.

It was a pleasure to get back to rowing at Blakeney again, with its tides and shallows and wrecks to contend with.  A welcome asset to the crew was our gig rower from Devon; she very quickly settled into rowing the St Ayles skiff and wants to row again if the opportunity arises.2017.03.26-1.jpg

We quickly realised that rowing out to see the seals at The Point was too ambitious.  On the outward journey, the wind from the East was blowing us fairly briskly against the incoming tide,  suggesting the return journey against the wind and against the (ebb) tide would be too much.  Instead, we enjoyed a short break for shared refreshments and a mardle at the old Lifeboat station returning to the Carnser whilst there was sufficient light.  There was still time for a quick drink at The Kings Arms!”


Hey, what about me? Don’t I get a drink too?