Sea trials at Kings Lynn…

Our CRABlakeney president, Antonia travelled to Kings Lynn at the weekend for an inaugural row in Lynn Réwett the Kings Lynn Coastal Rowing Club’s first St Ayles skiff. On a fine sunny morning with the boat gleaming in her smart new livery, Antonia shepherded a  crew of KLCRC rowers out for a coaching session in calm waters.

The official “launch” is at 10:00 on 11th April – all welcome. Venue – The Slipway, Common Staithe Quay PE30 1LN  Both our boats are due to be there too, welcoming Lynn Réwett to the skiffie fold.

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We’re tough in North Norfolk…

A 6:30 start and a strenuous row (first of the season on the sea) against the tide and a strengthening Sou-wester – so Tom, Tom, Barry, Catherine and Roland deserved a bit of shelter to enjoy their warming coffee on the beach by Pinchen’s Creek at Blakeney spit.

But, what have they done with Hoi Larntan?

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Ah, there she is…

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The row home across to Blakeney was much easier with a good breeze at their backs.

All agreed it was well worth getting up at the crack of dawn to catch the tide and such a beautiful scene with the water all to themselves.

We’re off…

The 2015 season is under way. Both boats are back on the Carnser boat park at Blakeney thanks to the efforts of Tom who brought Hoi Larntan back from Barton and Barrie who delivered Bluejacket, ably supported by those you can see in the pictures. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to sand, paint, make tea, walk dogs, lift, turn and deliver our boats in readiness for the re-start of coastal rowing. Lots of outings, local and far-afield planned this year with the added spice of competition from up the road at Kings Lynn – see their website for progress:-

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We’re ready…

A small band (depleted by half-term duty, VHF radio courses, holidays and other activities) helped Barrie turn Bluejacket over, out of the workshop and on to the waiting trailer. She had undergone a few minor paint touch-ups and the fitting of a new brass keel-band.

Looking good in the sunshine, she is ready to go back to the boat park by the salty sea at Blakeney next weekend – beginning of March marks the start of the season.

A big thank you to Robin, Tom, Roland, Jenny and Rob who showed how light(?) and manoeuvrable a St Ayles skiff really is – ably assisted by Peter Yetman from his wonderful micro-brewery next door. Is that why we usually get so many helpers?

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A big thank you, too, to Barrie for letting us use his workshop all winter and for the work he put in – not to mention the support from Andrea and the countless teas and coffees!

In her element…

After a few (too many) weeks in the workshop being re-painted, Hoi Larntan went back in the water at Barton on Sunday. Slightly misty, slightly chilly, but flat water, dramatic winter trees silhouetted against a hazy sky and the whole place to ourselves – except for the swans.

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Rosemary and Robin, Jenny and Rob helped get the boat from the trailer to the slipway and then Hoi Larntan looked good again, where she belongs – floating.

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Setting off with enthusiasm we thought we had snagged an angler’s fishing lines but backing off and letting him reel in we saw he had caught a bundle of twigs and not our rudder. All smiles again, we turned into the Broad and the up the river Ant to be amazed by the mass of hire cruisers wintered at Stalham – acres and acres of them!

A refreshing cuppa and a biscuit by the Museum of the Broads while Rosemary made her number with the nearby cafe/ restaurant owner. She then coxed us home (and took the pictures), weaving our way through what now seemed to be a constant stream of motor cruisers out for an early season run.

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One final push – (pull or lift depending on how you see it) this Saturday 21 Feb, please. Bluejacket needs to be turned back the right way up, lifted out of Barrie’s workshop and on to the trailer ready to go to the boat park on the Carnser for the start of the new salt water season.

Sorry to ask you again but this really is the last time this winter. Usual warm welcome at 2p.m. a quick lift, then a cuppa awaits. Thanks.

Many hands – 3…

A big thank you to all who came to help make the switch happen – a good team effort. Bluejacket, back from Barton Broad was lifted off the trailer. The newly re-painted Hoi Larntan was brought out into the open air for the first time and dropped straight on to the trailer ready to take Bluejacket’s place at Barton. The final move was to get Bluejacket in Barrie’s workshop and turned over ready for her new keel band.

Steady as she goes…

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Bluejacket on the ground and Hoi Larntan going on the trailer….

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Bluejacket in and being turned over…

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Job done. Time for Andrea to put the kettle on (she took the pictures too) – much mardling ensued.