With Northerly gales, rain and ever lessening daylight hours in which to find a suitable tide, much thought has been given to outings through the winter. The idea that has emerged is to take Hoi Larntan to Barton Broad and base her at Cox’s Boatyard, Barton Turf – NR12 8AZ. – starting Sunday 20 Oct.
There is a good boat park and slipway and tide times cease to be a consideration. Wind and weather we can dress for!
Clearly this time of the year needs thought as to safety – the water can be very cold! Any outing must include at least one experienced rower and all must wear suitable warm clothing and buoyancy aids or lifejackets. I would suggest a mobile phone is carried (in waterproof case?). A further good idea is to make sure someone on shore (or at home) knows you have gone out.
Regular weekend outings are on the calendar for you to put your names to. But please add days if you can get a crew together (not forgetting the experienced rower).
Lets give it a try. Feedback will help assess whether basing the boat on the Broads is the right move. Should there be any damage or breakages, equally please let us know as it is a little further from base!
Good luck and looking forward to some good smooth water rowing. (Have you seen the Broad when it’s blowing? It can be quite choppy.)
Building boat No 2:
Several people have expressed an interest in helping with/learning about, the build. If you can get to Barrie’s workshop –
Unit 10, Bayfield Brecks, Holt NR25 7DZ (on the Cley Road North out of Holt – tel: 01263 711770) on this coming Thursday 17 Oct at either 10:00 or 14:30 you can see where we are and what is to be done – perhaps work out how you could help. Look forward to seeing lots of you there.
P.S. let Ian know if you can’t make this date and we can try to arrange some other time.