The big blue sky of Norfolk…

We have lots of days like this – honest…


This is Blakeney – not the Mediterranean.

Who is the mystery swimmer?

Rosemary sent the photo – so maybe a clue there?


These girls can – and did…

Earlier this Summer, with Blakeney Sailing Club, we took part in the RYA’s Nationwide “Push the Boat Out” event – with the theme of “This Girl Can”.

This week we were joined by an enthusiastic group from Fakenham Ranger Guides (Senior Group) with friends, helpers and leader Rev. Jenny Pathmarajah for an evening row.

The sun shone and all entered into the spirit of the outing, having a great time. Thanks to our CRAB volunteers, under Steve and Anta’s guidance, who ensured all went smoothly.





Thanks to Catherine for photos.

Give our rowers a ‘Break’…

This year we are using our team’s efforts in the Great River Race 2016 (21.6 miles up the river Thames on 3 September) to raise money for a local charity ‘Break’ – see their web pages at:

“Break’s core business is the provision of children’s homes 
for Looked After Children in their home Local Authority. 
Break has six mainstream children’s homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a Therapeutic Fostering Service offering single placements to traumatised young people.”


We have a page on Just Giving (   Search – ‘ Great River Race ‘ then choose our page – under  Ian Duffill. ) where you can give as little or as much as you feel able; and please encourage your friends and family to chip in too.

Thank you.

Spreading the word…

In our quest to see other local communities sharing the fun of Coastal Rowing in St Ayles Skiffs we took Hoi Larntan to Burnham Overy Staithe.

Arriving at lunchtime we found that Tim Gatti, manager of the Boathouse at Burnham had cordoned off the area right on the quay outside the Boathouse for us. We unloaded Hoi Larntan then moved across the road  to the slipway to be in bright sunshine. From the outset, she attracted a lot of attention.

A power cut through the entire village meant the pub was shut for a while so lots of people wandered along the quay where they couldn’t miss us! We draped our banners along the skiff’s side, showing the build and early outings. Soon we were taking names of those looking for a chance of a row later at high tide.


There was much banter and the embryo of inter-village rivalry, should Burnham get a group together to build their own skiff!


The sun continued to shine and as the water flooded in we managed some four outings with at least seven interested rowers and would-be rowers having a go.



Big thanks to all who gave up time to come and help. I had to leave early but I know Steve, Richard (with club mascot Manou(?)), Barry and Amy,  Adrian and Lynne, Catherine were there (apologies if I missed anyone!). Rob and Jenny were stalwarts and Alan took the photos and towed the boat back to Blakeney. Great team effort.

Very many thanks to Tim Gatti, taking time out of his hectic schedule to ensure we had all we needed.

Lets’s hope we have planted the seed of an idea. We would willingly offer assistance in any way we can to see another, neighbouring, St Ayles skiff club in such a beautiful location.

Cley Harbour Festival…

Tom Harrison wrote to thank CRAB members who took Hoi Larntan up the channel to explore the newly re-created harbour at Cley and join the celebrations.

I hope they haven’t been taking a saw to those nice oars we made?IMG_2809.JPG


Meanwhile our Tom has been out checking the wildlife on the Point…

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