Many thanks to Richard Andrews for the following report of the “Castle to Crane” five mile row on Friday 7th May:
“The five mile timed row at Barton Turf. Weather fine , wind low and boat traffic at a minimum.
On arrival at Barton Turf Humphrey announced that the 5 mile timed row was registered as an over 50s mixed crew. Therefore Humphrey, Tom, Adrian, David and Richard had to make some adjustments to comply with the application. We set off towards Wayford Bridge at a good pace maintaining a steady stroke rate , we overtook a hire boat just past Amanda Holden’s week-end residence. Bow waves causing a mass evacuation of Canada Geese and Swans as we powered down the river. A quick turnaround at the bridge and adjustment of tutus and makeup prepared us for a power row back to Barton. This time two hire boats were thundered past and were cast aside as the “mixed crew” made light work of the return. The time was recorded by Humphrey and the crew reverted to their normal attire and prepared Hoi Larntan for her return to Blakeney. We all agreed it was a great final row and were sad to leave the Broads but looked forward to our return in the autumn.”
A time of one hour and four minutes was recorded. Well done crew!
It was an eventful weekend’s rowing with a complete mixture of weather. Andrew, Anta, Catherine, Rosemary and Robin had to wait for the rain to stop on Saturday whilst Sunday’s crew of Humphrey, Sarah, Catherine, Tom M and Tom H rowed in sunshine and beached at Pinchen’s Creek.
A very warm welcome to Sarah and Tom M who rowed with the club for the first time.
Rosemary provided the following report and some of the rainy pictures. Many thanks for the account, Rosemary.
“It was so good to be on the Carnser on Saturday, even if welcomed by a heavy rain storm which we sat out in cars, and see one or two old friends before rowing with Andrew, Anta, Catherine and Robin. To get bitterly cold, wet feet, perishing everywhere else except when endeavouring to row back. to have made Pinchen’s Creek and see birds, to listen to formidable chatter, to find that as cox on the way out I could just about get BJ where we thought we might go without hitting a yacht or a sand bank, and to struggle with the rowing on the way back. Coffee break at Pinchen’s Creek was taken on the drift as we did not land due to much concern for a baby bird or one which had just arrived, exhausted. As I felt after rowing back against the wind to the Carnser for the first time in a year. Here’s to warmer and calmer rowing over the summer.”
The morning high tide looked magnificent on Thursday 29th April as Tom H, Elaine, John, Diana and Barry set out at 7.20 am to row to Morston Creek. In the event, the keen crew made such good progress against the tide and a strong headwind that it was possible to land Bluejacket near Pinchen’s Creek for a break. This was a pleasant, relaxing experience in the sun; a time for taking refreshment and photographs.
A quick change of positions and the Crabbers set off at 8.20 to arrive back with the high tide at 9.00 am. Once again, the skiff moved well and the conversation flowed. The outing drew to a close in the most interesting way as Tom expertly guided the skiff over the water covered car park to a position very close to Bluejacket’s new position in the Dinghy Park. After leaving the skiff ready for the next outing, everyone went home smiling.
Catherine, Adrian H, Clive, Humphrey and Barry met at 4.00 pm on Saturday 24th April, a bright but breezy afternoon, to take to the water. After a pleasant chat around Bluejacket, the crew pushed the skiff towards the slipway to exchange more friendly banter with members of the sailing club who were edging their way towards the incoming tide. Soon the way was clear and, with Humphrey coxing and Adrian at stroke, the skiff was soon away and heading up the Cut; Barry and Catherine occupied the central positions and Clive rowed at bow.
The open water was lively but interesting and it was decided to row a circular course in front of the Watch House. Heading into wind called for the crew to apply pressure but everyone was equal to the task and the conversation was maintained during a really enjoyable row. The playful wind called for some interesting manoeuvres as the slipway was reached but Rob was there to lend an extra pair of hands as Bluejacket was moved smoothly on to the trailer.
After cleaning Bluejacket thoroughly, she was moved to her new home near the entrance to the Dinghy Park. It was another varied and pleasurable outing for all involved.
The morning of Thursday 15th April was sunny with light winds; just right for a row along the Cley channel. Tom H, Elaine, Diana, Tony and Barry met on the Carnser and decided the plan of action. The crew maintained a steady pace up the Cut with Elaine, on her first outing for over a year, keeping a steady hand on the tiller. With Barry at stroke, the journey continued around the moored catamaran, towards the Watch House and then down the shelter of the channel for a short break at the turning point. Sitting in the morning sun was an absolute joy.
On the return journey, with Tom at the helm, it was decided that discretion was the better part of valour and, instead of seeking a short cut across the Bar, the usual route was followed. This made for a longer row during the best part of the day which everyone enjoyed.
As the pictures show, cleaning and tidying the skiff is the usual post script to any outing.
The morning of Monday, April 12th, was calm and sunny as Tom H, Humphrey, David, Richard and Barry set off for the mooring station past How Hill. Zig zagging across the Broad, just to confuse the swans, the crew experienced a peaceful voyage with no sightings of other craft. It was great to be in the middle of such a setting before the tourist season begins. Richard coxed the crew towards the mooring and David set the pace at stroke. How Hill was reached, passed and soon the crew members were relaxing and chatting under a clear, blue sky in a perfect spot.
Barry took over the coxing duties for the return journey. The last third of the row, across Barton Broad, was into a persistent wind. The crew dug deep and the boatyard was reached after a very satisfying row.
Don’t forget to sign up for rows from Barton Turf. It’s a beautiful place to row at this time.
The afternoon of Thursday, April 8th, brought a strong, gusting wind whistling across the marshes. After due consideration and planning, Tom H, Humphrey, Diana, Amy and Emily organised oars and seating positions before setting off down the Cut, negotiating the channel and the tide of 7.7. They soon disappeared from view, heading towards the Watch House in fine style.
After an adventure in the waves, the “Crabbers” returned in fine spirits, put “Bluejacket” away, and headed for the warmth of home… still smiling!
The morning of 1st April dawned cloudy and windy as the first Blakeney crew of the season gathered on the Carnser. Emily, Diana, Tom H, Humphrey and Barry – with Amy and Rob in attendance – pushed Bluejacket down the muddy slipway into the cold water. Undaunted by the unwelcoming conditions, they propelled the craft up the Cut and out into open water. Tom set a quick pace to warm everyone up and the banter in the boat indicated that everyone was glad to be back on the wet stuff and holding an oar. Wind and rolling water made for a short but hugely enjoyable outing.
The return to the slipway is worthy of note with Diana, the bow rower, braving the water well above knee level in order to secure the boat. I think she enjoyed it …
Many thanks to Richard Andrews for the following words. As always, the report is much appreciated.
“A row to freedom. Tom David Emily Adrian and Richard set off from Barton Turf with a decision to head to Sutton then Stalham for a coffee break.
It was great to be back on the water with no hire boats to get in the way. The geese were noisily complaining as we interrupted their lockdown surroundings, and we saw marsh harriers playing with the wind.
The stint up to Sutton was fast but when we turned we felt the full force of the wind and regretted we cound not feather the oars.
We moored up at the no mooring sign at Stalham in true club tradition and switched round for the return trip after coffee.
The row back to Barton saw lots of birdlife including a kingfisher and more otters than you could shake an oar at.
A great start to the season and only 3 other boats seen on the outing.