More from the Carrow…

Andrea and Barrie followed the race and took lots of photos from a different perspective. Here are just a few:





Kings Lynn chasing hard…SAM_1110.JPG

Some of the opposition…SAM_1119.JPG


Phew…we made it!SAM_1120.JPG

Thanks for the photos.



Carrow Cup 2016…

Alan sets the scene on the river in Norwich, and he took the photos:

“It was a fun day out with many crews donning elaborate fancy dress.  Everyone pulling together, getting everything ready to launch.  Even the threatened rain kindly held off.  Before the start and outside the Red Lion we shared the loving cup or was it Robin’s home made Sloe Gin of the 2012 vintage, served from his father’s old hip flask!  The officials organised us well and flawless starts; Hoi Larntan crew were apparently very pleased with their flying start.  The race, even on an ebbing tide,  is longer than you think, especially as you row passed Carrow Yacht Club where we launched, and then realise you have to race for a further seven minutes.  And this is precisely where the energy and enthusiasm is beginning to drain and there are boats to overtake or boats to beat to the finish line!  Bluejacket pipped a Lower Thames craft to the finish line by perhaps two seconds.”

Results will be available later. In these notes Alan includes the stop off at the River Garden Public House for a little light refreshment.  

“Suitably rehydrated, we returned by boat to the Carrow Yacht Club and helped each other to get the boats out of the water and onto their road trailers for the homeward journeys.”

Getting ready:IMG_9313.jpg

The teams:IMG_9311.jpg

That man upside down again:IMG_9306.jpg

Gathering for the start with Kings Lynn:IMG_9321.jpg

Recovery – of boats:IMG_9328.jpg


Recovery – of people:IMG_9327.jpg

Say no more:IMG_9326.jpg

Well done all who took part.

Of ships and shoes and sealing wax…

Our tireless travellers Rosemary and Robin called in to Perth, Western Australia to check on the St Ayles skiff scene – as one does. Some thousands of kilometres across Australia in Victoria Robin managed to cadge an outing with the snappily-named Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club – who are planning to ship their boats down to Tasmania in February.

The weather at sea was unforgiving so a gentle row up the Merri River was in order. Even got the photo to prove it:


Meanwhile back in North Norfolk UK a strange event. While calmly rowing back across Barton Broad in pleasant sunshine a large object like a telegraph pole suddenly leapt up out the water right in front of Bluejacket. The cox’s re-actions were woefully inadequate and a nasty crunching noise was heard. Luckily this was not Tom’s ribs cracking as he was flung backwards on to bow’s legs! It was the sound of one of our beautiful oars giving in to a superior force.

Without wishing to name names, the photo of a well known kitchen and dog (below) may be a clue as to the identity of the above-mentioned cox! Repairs under way:



As a reminder of our foray into the realms of competitive racing at the Skiffie Worlds on Strangford Lough near Belfast in the Summer, a few survivors gathered for a light supper…


Or, maybe, that should be a dark supper?