Bluejacket Leaves The Carnser For A While.

At a time of low tides in Blakeney, Bluejacket has been taken from the Carnser for the time being so that a Norfolk Broads voyage can take place on Monday 14th October. Tom H, Roland, Tom G, Peter, Diana and Barry met on the morning of Tuesday 8th October to load Bluejacket on to the trolley. Many thanks to the hitching team. Watch this space for an account of the Broads trip.

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Spot The Skiff.

Spot the skiff being rowed purposefully into a strong wind. This photograph was taken on the morning of Friday 4th October from the Watch House jetty.

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Rowing in the Wind.

Diana, David, Peter, Duncan and Barry headed into a fresh north westerly wind on Tuesday 17th September and made for Pinchen’s Creek. The tide was again surprisingly high and the outward journey called for firm, steady timing which David supplied at stroke. Duncan, fresh from Saturday’s Great River Race, and Diana took the middle positions and Peter rowed at bow. Barry coxed and only occasionally exaggerated the distance which had been covered. The refreshment stop on the beach was well worth the effort. A change of rowing positions, and the wind assisted return row seemed to pass very quickly. A second crew were spotted in the distance going in great style: Rob, Jenny, Tom H, Sue and Calum.

A memorable morning on the water! Thanks to Diana for the picture.

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The Great River Race Performance.

Anta, Victoria, Duncan, Mark, Humphrey and Adrian M admirably represented the club at the annual Great River Race on Saturday 14th September. The photographs show a clear, sunny day on the Thames for this demanding event. Anta reports that the tow to the starting point went well and that the moving of boats down the slipway was better organized than usual with trollies being used effectively. Hoi Larntan was tied up to the “mini Gloriana” before the start.

As for the race, Anta informs me that the going was rough down to Tower Bridge but that changing rowing positions went extremely well. The coxes held their nerve despite some competitive oar clashing in very hot conditions. There were no MPs cheering from Parliament as the House seems to be going through a quiet phase.

After a journey back to Norfolk following the race, Anta and Humphrey were faced with a surprisingly high tide on the Carnser on Sunday morning. Hoi Larntan was floated across the car park to her resting position. Thanks to the ladies’ crew, just back from their Blakeney outing, for helping with this.

Many thanks to Humphrey for towing Hoi Larntan, Victoria for organising training and Anta for completing all the race administration. Thanks also to Rob and Adrian for supplying the towing kit.

The photographs below give a flavour of the event. The first posting of the race times indicates that the crew completed the course in a commendable time of 3 hours and 4 minutes. We’ll done to every crew member! More to follow …

Two Stunning Outings.

Two pictures taken on the same evening to show the fun of skiff rowing. Tom coxed Debbie, Lynne, Rosemary and Linda up the Cley channel before guiding the boat across the marshes at high water. The sunset composition shows a crew heading home after practising changing seats in a GRR situation. Great enjoyment in both skiffs!

The Lifeboat Service.

Just a few scenes from the annual Lifeboat Service at Blakeney … Rob, Jenny, Sue, Lynne and Adrian represented the club admirably on the water at a memorable event on a summer’s evening. It was a great opportunity for locals and holiday makers to see rowers in action at a community gathering. Thanks to Anta and Alan C for the photographs.