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.