Earlier this Summer, with Blakeney Sailing Club, we took part in the RYA’s Nationwide “Push the Boat Out” event – with the theme of “This Girl Can”.
This week we were joined by an enthusiastic group from Fakenham Ranger Guides (Senior Group) with friends, helpers and leader Rev. Jenny Pathmarajah for an evening row.
The sun shone and all entered into the spirit of the outing, having a great time. Thanks to our CRAB volunteers, under Steve and Anta’s guidance, who ensured all went smoothly.
Thanks to Catherine for photos.
We made a brief appearance at the start of an ITV news item about the SS Hjordes wreck – see video at this link: ITV news Aug 8th
This year we are using our team’s efforts in the Great River Race 2016 (21.6 miles up the river Thames on 3 September) to raise money for a local charity ‘Break’ – see their web pages at: http://www.break-charity.org
“Break’s core business is the provision of children’s homes
for Looked After Children in their home Local Authority.
Break has six mainstream children’s homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a Therapeutic Fostering Service offering single placements to traumatised young people.”
We have a page on Just Giving ( www.justgiving.com Search – ‘ Great River Race ‘ then choose our page – under Ian Duffill. ) where you can give as little or as much as you feel able; and please encourage your friends and family to chip in too.
In our quest to see other local communities sharing the fun of Coastal Rowing in St Ayles Skiffs we took Hoi Larntan to Burnham Overy Staithe.
Arriving at lunchtime we found that Tim Gatti, manager of the Boathouse at Burnham had cordoned off the area right on the quay outside the Boathouse for us. We unloaded Hoi Larntan then moved across the road to the slipway to be in bright sunshine. From the outset, she attracted a lot of attention.
A power cut through the entire village meant the pub was shut for a while so lots of people wandered along the quay where they couldn’t miss us! We draped our banners along the skiff’s side, showing the build and early outings. Soon we were taking names of those looking for a chance of a row later at high tide.
There was much banter and the embryo of inter-village rivalry, should Burnham get a group together to build their own skiff!
The sun continued to shine and as the water flooded in we managed some four outings with at least seven interested rowers and would-be rowers having a go.
Big thanks to all who gave up time to come and help. I had to leave early but I know Steve, Richard (with club mascot Manou(?)), Barry and Amy, Adrian and Lynne, Catherine were there (apologies if I missed anyone!). Rob and Jenny were stalwarts and Alan took the photos and towed the boat back to Blakeney. Great team effort.
Very many thanks to Tim Gatti, taking time out of his hectic schedule to ensure we had all we needed.
Lets’s hope we have planted the seed of an idea. We would willingly offer assistance in any way we can to see another, neighbouring, St Ayles skiff club in such a beautiful location.
Tom Harrison wrote to thank CRAB members who took Hoi Larntan up the channel to explore the newly re-created harbour at Cley and join the celebrations.
I hope they haven’t been taking a saw to those nice oars we made?
Meanwhile our Tom has been out checking the wildlife on the Point…
There are some videos of the racing on Strangford Lough on onYouTube – follow this link:
Higher resolution versions and improved layout may come later!
Bluejacket moored up with the other skiffs at Delemont Country Park
Warming up for a 2k race
And competing hard
Watched by the rest of the crew