Epic row from Wells-Next-The-Sea to Blakeney

07:30 on a sparkling, sunny morning we gathered at the Wells Sailing Club slipway to launch. Apart from Hoi Larntan, Jonathan, Adrian T and Victoria brought their single sculls with Mike in Adrian’s launch as safety boat.

Richard Cracknell and other Wells SC members kindly assisted us in between preparing their beautiful International 12 square metre Sharpies for racing.

The last of the flood tide swept Antonia, Ian, Adrian H, Mark at stroke and Elaine as cox in the skiff, rapidly to the East and into the channels behind the marshes. Stark but stunning scenery – even if a little short on depth of water in places.

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The scullers led us through the footbridge and we rounded another bend to burst out into a broad expanse of open water to the West of Stiffkey. Not quite as dark as the photo suggests but the waves were real – especially for the racing sculls with next to no freeboard!

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Countless seals came to check we really were daft enough to be doing what we were doing, coming close up to the boats to get a good look.

Barrie and Andrea appeared in the RIB with the good news that they had coffee and vital sustenance aboard. Juliet and Pooh circled in the crab-boat keeping an eye on proceedings too.

After a little judicious seamanship we all reached the safety of the Old Lifeboat Station on the South shore of Blakeney Spit and treated ourselves to the aforementioned coffee and chocolate vittals.

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After meeting up with the entourage of Green family we all steadily made our way across to the Cut and Blakeney slipway. Adrian emptied more water out of his scull than is normally recommended for comfortable flotation, but he made it.

Despite the length of row and slightly sore rears, we were all so elated with our passage – it seemed to have gone so quickly.  Definitely one to be repeated next year.

 

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