Doing what we do best…

Torrential rain and high winds failed to dampen the Blakeney firework display on Sunday 2 November. Rubbing their hands with glee and to keep warm, CRABlakeney rowers descended on Barrie and Andrea’s house afterwards for a heart (and body)-warming chilli and hot dogs. A tradition Andrea and Barrie have cooked up for some years now. Many thanks to them for their hospitality.052

A great social get together which included the unveiling of our 2015 Calendar brilliantly produced by Rob Dunster.

Stephanie gives the calendar her approval:


Stunning front cover shot from Andy Weir, other photos from our members and families over the past year.

Calendars available from Rob ( – they are going fast!

Winter sanctuary…

Daylight and tides make Blakeney less of an enchanting prospect from November through to March, so Bluejacket is now based at Cox’s Marina, Barton Turf with the vast expanse of Barton Broad and adjoining waterways for us to play on.

Roland sent photos of the first outing – don’t be fooled by the sun and blue sky, this is November!  Alan, Anta, Robin and Chrissie enjoy a mid-row break:

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Roland joins in as Alan grabs the camera.:

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Here’s to many more great rows at Barton – watch the calendar.

Hoi Larntan stays at Blakeney until the Carrow Cup on 6 December, after which she comes back for a well earned wash and scrub-up at Barrie’s workshop, Bayfield Brecks. Do come and give a hand with the wet’n’dry sandpaper or make the coffee while the rest of us work!

The day the weather changed!..and more…

Bob from the Kings Lynn Coastal Rowing Club posted this on their WordPress website after braving a stiff Blakeney breeze and vertical rain showers on Sunday 2nd November. They had come to try Hoi Larntan as their first skiff is just recently planked and turned over.

Bob wrote:

On a bleak November Sunday, KLCRC members visited North Norfolk and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sharing some time on the water with the fine folk of the CRABlakeney – The Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney

Scotty, Ben and Jon (from KLCRC) went for their first row in Hoi Larntan under the care and expert tutelage of Tom and Alan.  We all came away glowing and enthused.


We wish KLCRC well with the remaining work to comple their first St Ayles skiff and then starting on their second. Come on, we want some local competition!

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From the Holt Youth Project:-

CraBlakeney have kindly agreed to help some of our young people enjoy the sport and activity of rowing.

Over the course of a few months , the CraBlakeney rowing team will help train, motivate and encourage our young people. The training will take place at Blakeney quay, using their own boat. Eventually everyone involved will be confident enough to compete in races.

We hope more and more young people will want to be part of this amazing opportunity, which could lead to competing in races all over the world!

If you would like to be involved, please ring Julie Alford on 01263 710918

Below is a photo from today’s session on the boat.


 Thanks to Robin Combe for organising, and the others who helped show HYP, the fun of Coastal Rowing in our St Ayles skiff, Hoi Larntan.
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