See below the final set of pictures from this year’s Carrow Cup race. They again give a sense of the fun and the competition involved in the event as well as a view of the range of craft involved. Crews came from London and Cornwall! Many thanks to Heather and to Humphrey for towing “Hoi Larntan” and “Bluejacket” respectively. A great day was finished off with a club gathering at the Wiveton Café where the race and other matters were discussed over an excellent meal. A good start to the festive season!
“Hoi Larntan” is now at Barrie’s Bayfield Brecks workshop. There will be times posted on the calendar for volunteers to help give the skiff its winter makeover. Stay tuned!
There have been so many photographs of this year’s Carrow Cup to look at.Thanks to Victoria, Adrian, Emily and Rosemary for sending some great scenes. Below are just a few shots which give a flavour of the event in the lead up to the race. It was a brilliant atmosphere this year. However, festive decorations did not blunt the white heat of competition once the race was under way. More to follow …
Saturday 7th December was a great day on the water, with almost perfect weather, for the annual race from Pull’s Ferry. Rosemary sent some excellent photographs showing the ladies crew during their outstanding row. More to follow …
Many thanks, once again, to Alan C for the following vivid description:
“The cox, Bazza Howes, had not only to guide us out onto the open water but he had to contend with the several fishermen in Barton Turf Staithe. These fishermen were able to cast their lines miles, well a very impressive distance.
We rowed across Barton Broad, up the River Ant, over the Irstead Shoals to How Hill. Barry thought we (Alan, Roland, Dave and Diana) looked very comfortable rowing, our timings were excellent, so he said. Having identified a straight section of the river, we all agreed to undertake some power rowing, five strokes firm, ten really powerful strokes, back to five firm and then normal rowing. So effective were we that the boat reached a bend in the river that had not been there only moments before. Actually, we were going so fast round the bend that the boat leaned over slightly; next time we’ll lean into the bend to keep the boat flat.
On the return leg, Roland coxed. His dream wish was to see a Kingfisher. The crew was in no doubt that his wish came true as he nearly fell out the boat with excitement. We were very happy for him and did not want to spoil his enjoyment by telling him what was following us……..
Great company, good fun and healthy exercise, what more could one ask for!”
Roland, Sue, Andrew, Duncan and Barry met early and keen in cloudy but calm weather at Barton Turf. After a quick discussion, the crew set off towards Sutton varying the pace between light, medium and firm. Cox Roland kept good order and the timing was consistent on the long, straight run to the refreshment break at Sutton Staithe. A quick spin of the skiff, and it was time to moor up for coffee, biscuits and conversation.
On the return journey, Andrew took over as cox and Barry stayed as stroke. The crew propelled the boat away from the Staithe in fine style, undeterred by steady drizzle. After an enjoyable row back to Barton, everyone left for home happy and smiling.
Many thanks to Alan C for the following description:
Alan C, Richard A, David P, Humphrey B and Tony B went for a row today on Barton Broad but not until all safety checks had been carried out. Life belts were adjusted so that only a fist would fit under the waist strap, and the crotch strap adjusted to be comfortably tight. Oh, and just before we launched, we checked to see if the bung had been put in place, which it hadn’t. It pays to double check!
The wind was probably 18-20mph so we decided to row across Barton Broad and up the River Ant so that we would have the benefit of the wind from the stern supporting us on our return trip. This worked perfectly.
Only two other boats were seen during our voyage. One was from the Nancy Oldfield Trust (do see their website for an idea of the wonderful work they do https://www.nancyoldfield.org.uk/
On the outward journey a cormorant sized bird was seen sitting on one of the Port Posts, except that it was not a cormorant as it had a white breast. Tony B identified it on the return journey – it was a Shag.
Whilst coxing, the view in front of the skiff is unadulterated by the ripples created by the oars and stern, thus enabling a wonderful view of the river and broad. This cox had the best sighting he had ever had of a Kingfisher, flying back and forth across the river three times in quick succession –lovely flashes of blue and this time brown as well. The quick-witted crew pointed out that the cox had missed fifteen otters following us down the river. We could not decide on the collective noun for otters. (A family, a romp or a raft. Ed.)
The cox could not resist tempting the crew to up the pace as practice for the Carrow Cup. Good luck to them.
The photos show some cake sharing at How Hill Staithe and some of the trip.
The first of the winter season’s outings from Barton Turf saw Bluejacket go in the direction of How Hill. This time, on Monday 4th November, it was decided to go through Wayford Bridge. Having travelled through pouring rain to arrive at Barton under threatening clouds, more showers were expected. However, as soon as all was ready, the weather cleared and the crew set off in bright sunshine. Barry coxed, Rob stroked, Mark and Tom H formed the powerhouse and Diana took the bow seat. Really good progress was made towards the bridge, through it and then to the turn in the river just beyond. After some friendly banter with midstream fishermen, a refreshment stop provided an opportunity to rake over England’s Rugby World Cup performance. The clear reflections of oars on the water were also appreciated.
On the return journey, Diana coxed, Tom and Mark changed seats in the middle, and Rob was at bow. The weather kept fine to make conditions absolutely perfect.