Is Spring just round the corner..?

While the slipway area at the boatyard on Barton Broad has been closed in with enough ice to stop us rowing for a few days now, there is movement onshore.

Bluejacket is due for her annual check-over and paint touch-up. Today we collected her and towed her to Barrie’s workshop. At first sight, she has weathered her outings well since a full re-paint last year.

We shall still have to sand off the varnish and re-do the gunwales etc. and touch up the interior – so…yes please, we shall need some hands to help wield the sandpaper and then paint-brushes.

Please watch the calendar and if you can help mid-week that would be great.

Retrieving Bluejacket from her winter hideout…



Safely tucked up inside the barn, ready for some t.l.c.


More details to follow.

On the third day of January…

Jenny, Alan, Richard, Rob and Tom braved the predicted January weather but as Alan’s photos and words tell they were duly rewarded. 

“Although the twelve days of Christmas are not yet over it was good to shake off some of the festive excesses.  (Please don’t look too hard at the mince pies being devoured at Neatishead coffee break!)

As often happens, we were sharing the water with the fishermen, both parties being considerate of each other.  We apologised for disturbing their tranquility and maybe upsetting the fish but were reassured that sometimes our boat brings the fish up.  Then taught lines or what?  – a sizeable Pike caught and released, all within a minute (see photos).

Plenty of time spent sharing stories about our individual Christmases, ending with a good rowing workout on the way back.”


Looking at it is not going to get it in the water!


Ah, that’s better…IMG_9340.jpg

That is one of those great posts that suddenly rise up out of the water when you are not looking. Just like I said they did…IMG_9341.jpg

Taking on carbs at the mid-row stop…IMG_9342.jpg

It’ll probably just be an old boot…IMG_9345.jpg

Well there you go. A fine specimen… and the fish looks pretty good too!  Well caught, Sir.IMG_9349.jpg

How many times have we said it? If you make the effort to go out and have a row, the rewards tumble in.

Thanks to Alan and crew.

Welcome to 2017…

Amy took photos as she, her family and other early birds set out to enjoy the first row of the year.





Chilly, but beats a hangover and nostrils full of firework smoke!

Looking forward to another great year’s rowing in our two fine St Ayles skiffs.

Happy New Year to all.