Vive la différence…!

Robin sent these photos from the Golfe du Morbihan in southern Brittany where Rosemary, Anta, Elaine, Catherine, Steph and Clive enjoyed a rather different week.

Hoi Larntan on the beach and ready to go – with several hundred others.IMG_9337

Skiffs from Pittenweem, Bristol and Hoi Larntan moored safely after a dramatic row through fast tidal overfalls and whirlpools. One of the Dutch skiffs was taking part too.


Sun is definitely over the yard-arm…must be time…  Or is this in preparation for a trans-Atlantic row?


Great facilities, great food, good camping and hospitality. To be run again in 2017. Well worth thinking about.

Taster Session

Fancy having a try? CRA Blakeney is running a taster session at 16:30 – 18:30 on Saturday 16th May.

Anyone aged 16 and over, whether a novice, or an experienced rower, is invited to try rowing one of the club’s coastal boats. You need to be able to swim 50 metres and not have medical condition that prevents exercise – other than that,  no need to book, just turn up at The Carnser, Blakeney, ready to row, and be prepared for wet feet!

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It’s a long way to row to Cork, boys….

A team (should that be “The A Team”) heading East across the Pit at Blakeney into the early morning sun. Going the extra mile, as the boys have decided they are up for:

“The complete An Rás Mór (which) covers the Ocean Course, a 15 nautical mile (28km) rowing marathon from Crosshaven to Roches Point, to Cobh, Monkstown and through Lough Mahon to Lapp’s Quay in Cork city.”
No doubt a few pints of the black stuff will be needed to re-fuel the gallant rowers at the end of it all.
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Facing West we can see who they all are:
Cork Practise Row at Blakeney3…except the photographer.
Thanks Alan.

Just keep on rowing…

Friday evening and a beautiful row up the Cley channel. Sun, wispy clouds high above the cumulus with clear air driven on a brisk North-easter. Our resident National Trust ranger (Norfolk Coast Countryside Manager, to be precise) did her best to test us on Latin names of marsh plants and birds (not going to reveal our score), to me they were Brent Geese, Curlew and Redshank.

Watching the forecast, we might not have bothered but as is so often the case, once there, it was magical.


P.S. we all had a go with Adrian’s multi-million pound oar (best quality skirting board timber!) and gave it the thumbs-up. Now to make a full set and improve the balance.

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(Thanks, Victoria)

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: