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’…
‘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.)
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…?
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.
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…
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…
Taking on carbs at the mid-row stop…
It’ll probably just be an old boot…
Well there you go. A fine specimen… and the fish looks pretty good too! Well caught, Sir.
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.
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.
Andrea and Barrie followed the race and took lots of photos from a different perspective. Here are just a few:
Kings Lynn chasing hard…
Some of the opposition…
Phew…we made it!
Thanks for the photos.
Alan sets the scene on the river in Norwich, and he took the photos:
“It was a fun day out with many crews donning elaborate fancy dress. Everyone pulling together, getting everything ready to launch. Even the threatened rain kindly held off. Before the start and outside the Red Lion we shared the loving cup or was it Robin’s home made Sloe Gin of the 2012 vintage, served from his father’s old hip flask! The officials organised us well and flawless starts; Hoi Larntan crew were apparently very pleased with their flying start. The race, even on an ebbing tide, is longer than you think, especially as you row passed Carrow Yacht Club where we launched, and then realise you have to race for a further seven minutes. And this is precisely where the energy and enthusiasm is beginning to drain and there are boats to overtake or boats to beat to the finish line! Bluejacket pipped a Lower Thames craft to the finish line by perhaps two seconds.”
Results will be available later. In these notes Alan includes the stop off at the River Garden Public House for a little light refreshment.
“Suitably rehydrated, we returned by boat to the Carrow Yacht Club and helped each other to get the boats out of the water and onto their road trailers for the homeward journeys.”
That man upside down again:
Gathering for the start with Kings Lynn:
Recovery – of boats:
Recovery – of people:
Say no more:
Well done all who took part.