Happy Christmas and a skiffing New Year…

We wish the best of good cheer to all and fair weather to those hardy souls rowing over the next couple of weeks.

A reminder of the sunny summer 2014…

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Thanks again to everyone who has taken part and/or helped in any way.


Has it all been worth it…?

Our expert analyst, Adrian, has been through the bookings’ calendar and judging by what he has found it most certainly has been very well worth it.

The figures show that:

Between 1st June 2013 and 6th December 2014 there have been outings recorded on 174 days, 122 in 2014.
118 different individuals have rowed in either Hoi Larntan or Bluejacket.
The total number of individual outings is 996, of which 720 have occurred in 2014.
( Now at 12 December, total outings are over 1000!!  Ed.)
One member has recorded 64 outings in total, of which 49 have been in 2014.
Another member has recorded 50 outings in 2014 alone.
5 members have recorded more than 40 outings in 2014.
2 members have recorded between 30 and 40 outings in 2014.
6 members have recorded between 20 and 29 outings in 2014.
9 members have recorded between 10 and 19 outings in 2014.

64 new people have experienced outings in 2014. Including youngsters from The Holt Youth Project and Gresham’s  School.

It is clear that both boats have more than justified their existence.

Worth remembering that without help from the Big Society Fund we wouldn’t have had Bluejacket. So a big thank you again to North Norfolk District Council.

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….and the results of the Carrow Cup

The boats in the Traditional Division of the Carrow Cup were racing for the Carrow Bi-Centinary Silver Bowl, which was given last year by The Norwich Society and River Wensum Partnership.
It was won again by the Lower Thames RC in their Hanningfield hybrid skiff. A beautiful day with flat water meant that sea boats like ours were not in with a chance overall so amongst CRABlakeney members the real tension was in the head-to-head between our two boats – Hoi Larntan rowed by the women and Bluejacket rowed by the men.

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Hoi Larntan with “the women”

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Bluejacket with “the men”

As you may have heard mentioned (endlessly?) the women beat the men with a time of 19mins 02secs to their 19:49. Perhaps a small consolation for the men was the fact that the race time (before applying handicap) was in their favour (23:34 v 25:09)……………but then again it was the FIRST outing as a crew for the women.

Something to discuss over the winter, starting at the AGM on Thursday 11th December.

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Carrow Cup 2014 Finishing order and corrected times

Name Club boat boat name Elapsed time Corrected
137 Alder Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Dauntless 00:19:42 00:17:37
129 Edwards Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Spirit of Dunkirk 00:22:28 00:18:05
134 White Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 00:22:07 00:18:19
126 Burley Lower Thames RC Skiff Renown 00:24:49 00:18:26
136 Sverdloff Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Spirit of Trafalgar 00:20:40 00:18:29
127 Marczewski CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 00:25:09 00:19:02
133 Combe CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 00:23:34 00:19:49
135 Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 26′ Cherub 00:22:23 00:19:53
130 Jackson-Smith Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hybrid gig Proud Mary 00:24:56 00:20:04
161 Williams Norfolk gig Pilot gig Sowenna 00:21:59 00:20:14
132 Paice Lower Thames RC Skiff Leigh Ho 00:24:50 00:20:34
128 Cranness Norfolk Skiff Club skiff 20′ Widgeon 00:29:37 00:24:05
125 Irons Carrow YC skiff 16′ 1X+ 00:37:09 00:24:51
131 Sassoon Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 20’10” Seraph 00:33:52 00:27:56

Well, well, well…

A sunny, chilly 6 December on the River Wensum in Norwich – it must be the Carrow Cup. First raced 200 years ago – no St Ayles skiffs back then. Nowadays four different divisions (mainly carbon fibre and sliding seat) and handicapping for the traditional boats.

Our ladies crew in Hoi Larntan, delicately urged on by cox Andy Marczewski and the mens’ crew in Bluejacket, elegantly kept in order by Robin Combe battled their way downstream.

As the ladies haven’t ceased telling us (and anyone else within earshot!) they beat the men!

So effective is their training method! I’ll raise a glass to that. Well done ladies.


Reaching the finish:


We did it…!


Ah, well chaps – always next year…


Full results and more photos to follow.

Last of the Summer wine…?

Knowing the ladies concerned it may not be the last of the pink bubbly but it certainly was the last row on the sea at Blakeney this year.


After this outing Hoi Larntan was packed up and off to Norwich to row on the river through the city, competing in the Carrow Cup. Then she will come back for a well earned re-furb.

The ladies tell me the picture above shows their definition of training. We wait to see if the results prove how well it works.

P.S. Steph insists that the second glass she is holding is for the camera man, her husband Clive. Of course I believe her…