A ‘heads-up’ my grandchildren would say!
Summer social get together after the Blakeney Regatta 20 August – bring-your-own Barbecue (just your food and drink – the flames will be there!). All welcome –
“Blakeney Sailing Club and CRAB members and families, Wells, the Cockle Club, KLCRC, HL builders and all those who have ever helped CRAB”. Quote – our President.
To be held at Norfolk Etc.’s site at Morston (hopefully Village Hall if wet) – full details when we get back from Strangford.
A promotional trip to Burnham Overy Staithe 16 August, with the aim of encouraging like-minded souls there to build a skiff and join the fun – probably quay-side from lunchtime chatting up the locals; then rowing as tide comes in.
Already several offering to help/row – but the more the merrier to spread the word.
As above – full details when we get back from Strangford.
Watch this space.
I’m sure they said the entrance to Strangford Lough was over there…
Rosemary took the picture – thanks.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun even when it is not as hot as it is today!
- More that 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually in UK (extensive exposure to sun is thought to be responsible for the vast majority)
- Water increases the suns radiation by up to 5%
Apply sunscreen, a thick enough layer – too thinly and protection is reduced.
Follow the manufacturers instructions regarding frequency – more is better.
Apply to any exposed skin, especially face, ears and neck.
Use a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against UVB. Make sure that it is not past its user date (usual shelf life 2-3 years)
Other than sunscreen you can protect yourself using:
- Suitable clothing, layers that can be removed as you warm up.
- Wide brimmed hats provide shade!
- Don’t dehydrate and remember to take rehydration fluids
Please see the attached British Rowing advice on Sunburn, Heatstroke and Exhaustion.
Happy rowing, Alan Collett – (CRAB Safety Officer)
On Saturday we took Bluejacket across the border into Suffolk – although we had a gun -boat (MTB) in support:
We joined Tom Trevitt and a group of keen rowers (from the infant Beccles Coastal Rowing Club) who are gathering momentum to work out if they too can indulge in a St Ayles skiff. It was a great opportunity to see one on their home water and several took turns to have a trial row on the delightful waterways that weave through the town.
Steph, Clive, Steve, Jenny and Rob gave of their time doing a superb PR job and treating the locals to a light workout on the water. In return Tom treated us to a fine picnic lunch and a glass (or two) of white wine, chilled to perfection.
The local Ukulele group entertained us with such oldies as ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Lazing on a Summer’s Afternoon’, ‘Sloop John B’ etc. – all highly appropriate, we felt…
Tom borrowed our banners:
Bluejacket showed her best side. (note the new flag):
It was a bit tight getting back to the slipway to recover her at the end of the day:
But well worth the effort, we met some enthusiastic and friendly people – hopefully spreading the word about the joys of skifing to a deserving audience.
It would appear that the likely cause of the damage to Bluejacket at the weekend was the failure of the thole pin to snap under pressure – which is what they are intended to do; thereby avoiding damage to the boat. Something we have proved several times in Hoi Larntan!
When we built Bluejacket we tried a system with just a single pin with a wooden locating plate on the oar. For that we needed a much more robust thole pin.
Having, this year, made the decision to standardise both boats and revert to using the pin and kabe set-up which Hoi Larntan has had throughout, we forgot to remove the robust pins from Bluejacket and failed to replace them with sacrificial softer pine ones.
Aaaah, a lesson learnt.
Rather a loud crack they tell me but the oar didn’t break! – just opened up the gunwale…
Not quite as bad as it looks…Rob releasing the broken part – making the angled cut you can see above – so we could get enough glue in to repair the damage…
Lots of epoxy and quite a few clamps…
Should be back in action in time for Tuesday’s row.
Thanks, Rob and Jenny.
Stour Sailing Club have a nice set of pictures from the Manningtree regatta on June 5th, including the Crab team – click here to visit site