Spring 2017…it’s arrived!

Roland took the photo and sent these words: 

“Here are 4 of the famous five (Roland, Dan, Tom, Rob and Steve) making landfall near Blakeney Point. They fought their way against a brisk wind from the WNW and an incoming tide, hugging the North side (of Blakeney Pit) to land just up from Pinchen Creek. No one about, not even illegal immigrants, visitors or National Trust wardens, just the wildlife. Bliss.”




You too can enjoy a glorious outing – Bluejacket is at Blakeney and Hoi Larntan has a couple more weeks at Barton Turf. All you have to do is book a seat and have fun.



Ludham bridge and back…

Alan reports on another great Winter outing – his words and photos:
‘XCweather prediction for Barton Turf (on Friday) was for winds from the South of 13-23mph with no rain and maybe sun – and that is what we got.
It was delightful.  The crew was made up of Roland and Louise, Tom, Dan and myself.  During the three hour outing to Ludham Bridge and back, there was hardly any lull in conversation, except when we were called upon to concentrate on timing, rate being increased or decreased, or encouraged to apply more pressure.
Once we were just asked to concentrate on the length of our stroke, nothing else, not even to apply any more pressure, and the result was a significant increase in boat speed – then we got back to the serious business of talking!
We had a beautiful sighting of a Kingfisher in flight.  On the way back, we even had a family of “otters eating biscuits out of our hands” (according to Dan! Ed.)  or was it a sighting of a water vole – sometimes referred to as a water rat! (Ratty of Wind in the Willows fame. Ed.)
Attached are some pictures of today.  I do have permission from Louise to use her photo “getting back into Hoi Larntan”.’
Let the pictures tell the tale:
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-1.jpg
Watch out – the guy behind you is trying to walk on water…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-3.jpg
That’s the way to do it…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-5.jpg
Many thanks to Alan and the crew who clearly enjoyed a great row, basking in the ever- reliable Norfolk sunshine. What more could anyone want?

Puddles and more puddles…

A typical day on the Norfolk Broads – you’ve heard the expression ‘Normal for Norfolk’?

Words, photos and captions from Rosemary. (I’m not taking the blame! Ed.)

‘Men being domestic’…IMG_1274.jpeg

‘The outing started with a warm-up (as all athletic activity should. Ed.) Lynne had us  wandering about flapping our arms in imitation of chickens…!’

‘Adrian offered some coaching – cutting the cake (ask Adrian if you don’t know this one. Ed.) and inspecting the size of individual puddles to see who was working hardest (names withheld to protect the innocent. Ed.)


Or those…?IMG_1273.jpeg

The next excitement:

‘We had a Mayday practice – when Pirates got us, we sank and we needed coffee.’

(They say it takes all sorts to row with CRAB…Ed.)

‘All was well, we got back before the rain and retired to the pub for lunch.’

(Twas ever thus. Ed.)

Many thanks Rosemary.

P.S. Isn’t the inside of the boat a nice colour…?





Is Spring just round the corner..?

While the slipway area at the boatyard on Barton Broad has been closed in with enough ice to stop us rowing for a few days now, there is movement onshore.

Bluejacket is due for her annual check-over and paint touch-up. Today we collected her and towed her to Barrie’s workshop. At first sight, she has weathered her outings well since a full re-paint last year.

We shall still have to sand off the varnish and re-do the gunwales etc. and touch up the interior – so…yes please, we shall need some hands to help wield the sandpaper and then paint-brushes.

Please watch the calendar and if you can help mid-week that would be great.

Retrieving Bluejacket from her winter hideout…



Safely tucked up inside the barn, ready for some t.l.c.


More details to follow.

On the third day of January…

Jenny, Alan, Richard, Rob and Tom braved the predicted January weather but as Alan’s photos and words tell they were duly rewarded. 

“Although the twelve days of Christmas are not yet over it was good to shake off some of the festive excesses.  (Please don’t look too hard at the mince pies being devoured at Neatishead coffee break!)

As often happens, we were sharing the water with the fishermen, both parties being considerate of each other.  We apologised for disturbing their tranquility and maybe upsetting the fish but were reassured that sometimes our boat brings the fish up.  Then taught lines or what?  – a sizeable Pike caught and released, all within a minute (see photos).

Plenty of time spent sharing stories about our individual Christmases, ending with a good rowing workout on the way back.”


Looking at it is not going to get it in the water!


Ah, that’s better…IMG_9340.jpg

That is one of those great posts that suddenly rise up out of the water when you are not looking. Just like I said they did…IMG_9341.jpg

Taking on carbs at the mid-row stop…IMG_9342.jpg

It’ll probably just be an old boot…IMG_9345.jpg

Well there you go. A fine specimen… and the fish looks pretty good too!  Well caught, Sir.IMG_9349.jpg

How many times have we said it? If you make the effort to go out and have a row, the rewards tumble in.

Thanks to Alan and crew.

Welcome to 2017…

Amy took photos as she, her family and other early birds set out to enjoy the first row of the year.





Chilly, but beats a hangover and nostrils full of firework smoke!

Looking forward to another great year’s rowing in our two fine St Ayles skiffs.

Happy New Year to all.