Time to move…

With daylight hours reducing, the chances of catching the tide at Blakeney get more remote now, so one boat emigrates to Barton Turf for the winter months.

We can be more relaxed and choose our time to row, confident there will be fairly smooth water in abundance.

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Can’t always guarantee the sunshine – but we can hope.


The plan is to collect one boat from the Carnser on 1st November and the first row is booked for Saturday 5th on Barton Broad (see our Calendar page) and available every day thereafter, morning and afternoon.

It’s always worth putting your name on the calendar, even if you are the first one – others usually follow. You may get an outing as lovely as in the picture above.

The other boat is due to stay at Blakeney, for the time being, ready to row as usual – watch this space for further developments.



Paper skiffs and Marsala?…

Catherine and Stephen very kindly invited CRAB skiffers to an evening of jollification and excellent food in a pop-up celebration of Trafalgar Night.

Mrs Temple’s delicious cheeses featured strongly, along with beef and copious mouthfuls of Port and  Marsala, I am told!  In true sea-faring tradition, of course.

All were invited to try their hands at making paper boats – which were then displayed on the (air-bed) ocean waves.

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Thanks to Vicky for photos.

Congratulations to all the paper-boat builders. Nelson would have been proud.

Others took pictures too….


But, maybe the Marsala had got to the lens?

A big thank you to Catherine and Stephen for their hospitality.

A bit rough in Essex…

Our intrepid team battled wind and waves in the Blackwater River, racing round Osea Island. Adrian tells the tale:
“A chill northerly F5 deterred some, so that only three gigs made it to the start line. Two Harker’s Yard gigs from Rowhedge arrived, but decided that the conditions were too much for them and turned tail.
Blakeney chose the windward end of the line and were first around the first mark. Then a long row to the east end of Osea Island, rolling in the troughs and taking spray over the bow. Blakeney had chosen the most direct route arriving at the same time as Southend CRC in the Seax gig Rosenante; a much faster boat. The only Harker’s Yard gig was trailing well behind.
As Bluejacket rounded the west end of the island the tide turned. In the smooth water to leeward of the island Rosenante pulled away, finishing 4 minutes ahead of Bluejacket. Fly, the local Harker’s Yard gig came in after a further 10 minutes.”
The picture gives an idea of the conditions:

Repair? What repair?…

Hoi Larntan emerges shining and bright after intensive surgery

in Barrie’s “Invisible-Mending Shop”…


Just the lettering to re-do (Steve Soanes is on the case for us). We put her back on the Carnser, just before the recent torrential rain and very high tides. She is now ready for her next outing.

Some of the (not so pretty) stages on the way to recovery…




Thanks Barrie for taking time to sort it for us and for the use of your barn.

A day in the life of Bluejacket…

An essential part of any outing…the coffee break!


Now for the row back home…


Thanks to Alan for taking the photos. I assume he got a coffee too?


Meanwhile, back in the workshop, poor old Hoi Larntan is recovering well. All three planks replaced, so she is watertight again – a little bit of filling, lots of sanding then endless painting. There are 5 paint “colours” if you include the varnish. No wonder Barrie says he is taking a couple of days’ holiday!

Ah well, at least there will be coffee breaks to look forward to.

Walk the Pit…

Tom Green, editor of the Cley Bird Club Newsletter, is planning to lead an informal morning ‘bird walk’ to The Point on Tuesday September 13th.
Leaving the dinghy park at 0930 we will walk down the middle of the estuary identifying the many wading birds we hope to encounter.
Skirting the north edge of the Pit we will go to the old Life Boat Station for whatever mid-morning refreshment, walkers have brought!
The adventurous might wish to head for the beach to swim or look at the wreck of the SS Hjordis while others might wish to take the shorter route to the Watch House along the dunes before heading back across the Harbour to Blakeney.  Kit – Binoculars, if you have them, footwear suitable for water/mud,sand/shingle, telephone.

A great opportunity (Ed.)

There’s a hole in my skiffie, dear…

Hoi Larntan, damaged in transit across London on the way back from the Great River Race, now undergoing remedial surgery.


As she arrived…



Well mend it, dear…

First stage of tidying up…


All six edges of planks on the boat had to be scarfed (angle cut on the edges) and then three suitable lengths of new plywood cut to fit (also scarfed at both ends) before glueing and clamping, one plank at a time. Third one going on tomorrow, then all the cleaning up, re-shaping and finally painting. Hopefully back in action late next week – thanks to Barrie’s swift efforts.

First plank in place…


Will keep you posted.