Kings Lynn launch their first skiff….

The wind howled, the rain was horizontal, the Mayor got soaked, we were all frozen but it was a great event. The boats stole the show and to see three St Ayles skiffs rowing together on the Great Ouse in North Norfolk was a treat. Have a look at the Scottish Coastal Rowing web site for fuller details.

Pictures tell a thousand words, so thanks to Andy and Barrie for these:

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Happy Easter one and all…

06:30 Easter Sunday

Never let it be said we don’t take these things seriously – the Rev. Tom was up early and beat everyone to the Easter Egg hunt. The result can be seen below!

We are told that Anta and Elaine felt chocolate was very much the order of the day.

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The sailors, who had also risen early, were disappointed to find a strong calm in force – absolutely no wind at all!

So what did they do? They took the other skiff (Bluejacket) and enjoyed an Easter row – ably led by Alan. Obvious really.

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This sounds like an excuse for a challenge – sailors versus rowers. How about it?

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!