Semaine du Golfe

A few pictures to give a flavour of the event…..


Launching at Port Blanc, new trailer performing well…


Followed by some short orientation rows


that hinted at the sea state encountered later in the week. The water in the Golfe never seems  happy to stay where it is.


and there were a few boats about to add to the interest.




On subsequent days we attended a picnic,


encountered some more of the interesting conditions, which H-L took very well..


saw lots more tall ships


all manner of boats for that matter…


On the last day took part in the Grand Parade, then moored up to watch proceedings from the hotel’s lawn.


Lots of pictures to be found at here and here .

Next event in 2 years time (to allow local stocks of shellfish to recover!) – definitely recommended.

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.