Tranquil waters

Sunday 1 Sept saw Hoi Larntan back at Barton Broad. This time it was for the Great River Race (GRR) crew to get some final practice before our 21 mile epic up the Thames next week. At least two other St Ayles skiffs are taking part too, so we will be in good company.

After a strenuous pull along the full length of the Broad we tucked into Gay’s Staithe for a rest and energy replenishment in the form of coffee and delicious choccy goodies.

Here the team disembarks:



Suitably re-charged we rowed back to our starting point practising our change-overs. In the GRR we carry a ‘passenger’ as well as a cox, either of whom may row – but we have to change seats to do so. Completing this operation while two still try to propel the boat forward requires balance and timing – great if you get it right! Pretty hairy if you don’t.

Thanks to Barton we had a great day while on the coast at Blakeney the tide was so small we would have struggled to find enough water.

Meanwhile Andy continues to do a great job raising funds for Prostate Cancer research – please support him and get as many friends and family as you can to contribute.


We hear that a group at neighbouring Wells are ordering two St Ayles skiff kits. We shall have competition on our doorstep next year!

Time for us to think of a second boat too perhaps?