Firstly, welcome to two new Authorised Rowers. Adrian Marfleet has joined us from having coxed and coached Celtic Longboats, and Catherine Temple has coxed in some interesting waters, both at home and abroad.
We also welcome new members Veronica Marett, whose husband Alan was one of a number of members who joined us last year, and Neil Thompson, who is probably already known to many of you.
And so to upcoming events.
On Sunday, 4th March we have ‘Blessing the Boats‘. Help us celebrate the beginning of the Blakeney season with a brief ceremony at 0730 which involves boats and glasses of something fizzy. This will be followed by more solid refreshments (Catherine is providing the Burger Van), and the opportunity to get out on the water for those who wish. It’s quite early in the day, but this could be an opportunity to invite along new members.
On Sunday, May 20th our colleagues in the west of the County are initiating a new rowing event as part of the King’s Lynn Hanseatic Festival (www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk). The rowing aspect of the occasion consists of roughly 2 mile sprints for women’s, men’s and mixed crews. We may possibly only need to take one boat, which makes life simpler.
Then on the weekend of June 2nd & 3rd there are the East Coast Championships. This Brightlingsea based event is for Harker’s Yard gigs only, but boats are available to borrow. So we would just need to turn up as a crew of 4 rowers and a cox.
Finally, we are in the process of updating the events pages of the club website. The club calendar will shortly contain references to the racing and social rowing opportunities for the year. If you wish for further information please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do what I can to provide it.
Captain of Rowing
Alan tells of an outing with a special guest, abandoning his own boatyard (not to mention wife, family and dogs) for a chance to row with experienced CRAB hands.
Saturday 3rd February
Rowing from Barton Turf across Barton Broad up (down?) the River Ant to Howe Hill in 30 minutes. Was there a following wind, no! (see photos?) Was the tide flowing in our favour? NO!
We welcomed Neil who joined our crew to row for the first time. Something just clicked and the team all pulled together, perfectly balanced fore and aft, beam to beam with the strokes very nearly all timed to perfection. Rob coxed us, gently encouraging the timing and not too ambitious rates. The power was transmitted through the oars and gates resulting in boat speed. After coffee at Howe Hill, the return journey to Cox’s Boat Yard was equally fun to do. This time Roland coxed, getting us to power up for first ten, then fifteen, then twenty strokes with easy rowing in between. The crew rose to the challenge resulting in good feelings all round.
Catherine and Alan took variously bow, stroke, 2nd and 3rd positions in the boat!
No tricks…photos by a friend of Alan’s who just happened to be in Barton Turf on cue.
Looking good – haul away together…
Those are sails, not oars…
Ah, the all-important coffee-break. No spirits…?
Watch out for a row to the Swan at Horning…coming soon.