On Saturday 12 November we are starting the process of cleaning, sanding and re-painting Hoi Larntan in Barrie’s barn at Bayfield Brecks. We shall be needing six pairs of hands initially please – working on her the right way up, so no need to turn her over at this stage. If you can come – anytime from 10:00 to 16:00 – even if only for an hour or so – please do. We have a target of sprucing her up and making her shiny for the Carrow Cup event in Norwich on 10 December – so a tight schedule.

The paint job we plan for Hoi Larntan is to repeat what we currently have – but more ambitious schemes have been seen on the Scottish Coastal Rowing web-site:

“Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will witness a double St Ayles skiff launch on 26 October. The building of these St Ayles skiffs has been an outreach project involving young people from five local schools and run by Caroline Barrie-Smith, Community Participation & Learning Officer.

The young people will take part in coastal rowing experiences with Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) and London based charity Oarsome Chance who have helped fund the project.”



Maybe next year, perhaps…!?


Time to move…

With daylight hours reducing, the chances of catching the tide at Blakeney get more remote now, so one boat emigrates to Barton Turf for the winter months.

We can be more relaxed and choose our time to row, confident there will be fairly smooth water in abundance.

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Can’t always guarantee the sunshine – but we can hope.


The plan is to collect one boat from the Carnser on 1st November and the first row is booked for Saturday 5th on Barton Broad (see our Calendar page) and available every day thereafter, morning and afternoon.

It’s always worth putting your name on the calendar, even if you are the first one – others usually follow. You may get an outing as lovely as in the picture above.

The other boat is due to stay at Blakeney, for the time being, ready to row as usual – watch this space for further developments.



Paper skiffs and Marsala?…

Catherine and Stephen very kindly invited CRAB skiffers to an evening of jollification and excellent food in a pop-up celebration of Trafalgar Night.

Mrs Temple’s delicious cheeses featured strongly, along with beef and copious mouthfuls of Port and  Marsala, I am told!  In true sea-faring tradition, of course.

All were invited to try their hands at making paper boats – which were then displayed on the (air-bed) ocean waves.

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Thanks to Vicky for photos.

Congratulations to all the paper-boat builders. Nelson would have been proud.

Others took pictures too….


But, maybe the Marsala had got to the lens?

A big thank you to Catherine and Stephen for their hospitality.