Boating on beautiful Barton Broad…

Alan reports on a glorious row in spectacular October weather on Barton Broad and further along the Ant:
“So eager were we that we set off ahead of scheduled departure time.  Thank goodness Ophelia’s effects were not evident on the River Ant.  We sheltered in and shared the river with three other vessels as well as many swans and herons.
Our rhythm and timings were such that we made Wayford Bridge Yacht Station for morning coffee and back long before midday.  Conversation only ceasing in the boat when the cox called for TEN FIRM!”
The photos tell the story:
Ready to launch…
In the water…Tuesday-2.jpg
Coffee break already?…Tuesday-3.jpg
Different. Tend not to get too many sheep at Blakeney…Tuesday-5.jpg
Row, row, row the boat…Tuesday-8.jpg
Is that what they mean by ‘catch’?…Tuesday-9.jpg
Safely home again…Tuesday-10.jpg
So lucky with the weather!

Back in business at Barton…

Yes, it’s that time of the year (warm and sunny, in October??) and Hoi Larntan has taken up residence at Cox’s Yard in Barton Turf. This means we can pretty much guarantee getting on the water in daylight, any day, at a time convenient for most of us.

There are lovely waters to traverse and sights to see, Harriers and Kingfishers etc., with scenic creeks and easily accessed places to hole up for the vital coffee break.

Anta towed the boat to Barton and then coxed the “boys” (no names no pack drill) as they set off  for the first row of this season, up to the landing stage at the staithe by How Hill…IMG_0594.jpg

On the way, one of the typical, lovely sights we have come to expect on these (usually) tranquil waterways…IMG_0590.jpg

One skiff will stay available at Barton Broad through the Winter to about the end of February 2018.

The calendar is here on the web – use it to book your place for a great row.


St Ayles skiffs on the Clyde…

Our crew before the start…IMG_0561.JPG

Passing under the Erskine Bridge – at full throttle…IMG_0574.JPG

It is mighty lonely out there on the Clyde with that massive Finnieston Crane breathing down on you.IMG_5716.JPG

Towards the end…

Is the strain beginning to show or is that smiles of achievement?FullSizeRender.jpg

Thanks to Micheal from Mingulay for this one of them at the start…


At the end…IMG_5727.JPG

6th out of 8 in our class and either 27th (according to Anta) or 37th (according to Rosemary) out of 75 skiffs in total – brilliant either way.  Well done all who travelled.

Another badge for the bow of Hoi Larntan!

Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of eagles and things…

From our roving reporters:

“Robin and Rosemary were given a memorable ten mile row off the West coast of Lewis. Their wonderful, generous hosts, Charlie, Pam, and Jackie, trusted their rowing ability and a request to see sea eagles. And see them they did,  hooge birds!
Hope to visit Norfolk with Florence.”


I am sure we will make them most welcome. (Ed.)

Aren’t the Outer Isles magical – especially in the sunshine?


Skiffies get everywhere…

Now, what are they all looking at?UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a209.jpg

He must be brave – or mad…?UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a208.jpg

A security conscious CRAB committee member demonstrating that all things are possible – with a safety harness.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a20c.jpg

And he made it to the top of the ratlines.

It was blowing a steady 24 knots, gusting 30 knots on Charlie Wards’ beautiful barge yacht “Juno” as we spent a day in the lower harbour Blakeney. We dried out on the East side of the channel for a sumptuous lunch and game of Viking Skittles on the beach. Well, you couldn’t really enjoy a row in that weather.

Said safety officer accepted the challenge to climb Juno’s massive mast. Quite a view from up there – I am told!


A Summer’s evening row…

Rosemary records:

“The row started in grey and ended in sun.  It all depends, though, which way you are looking. Half-way landing was about to be shared with the carcass of an unfortunate,  deceased seal – but the crew mutinied so we made it to Pinchen’s Creek.” (along with one of the seal-watching/ferry boats. Ed)IMG_1633.jpg

What a sky!IMG_1639.jpg