Alan reports on Blessing of the Boats at Blakeney:
It was not the warmest of days nor the coldest of days but the conviviality was both abundant and warm. The boats were unpacked and ready for presentation, unlike the members of CRAB who were well and truly wrapped against the penetrating wind. Glasses of sparkling white wine were passed amongst the participants, as was coffee and soft drinks for those who thought it too early.
Our captain of rowing, the Reverend Tom Harris welcomed us all and gave four specifically dedicated toasts including to the boats, the harbour and its users, the beautiful and, at times, over-whelming greatness of the bigger picture. He concluded with a sacrificial pouring of champagne over the bows of the club’s two St Ayles skiffs, Hoi Larntan and Blue Jacket – though not making any promises that they would go any faster! Victoria and Tom splashed some wine over their boats too.
Victoria then set off for a row up the Cley Channel. Meanwhile, safely watching from the shore, several stopped for a bacon buttie and a mardle on the Carnser – in true CRAB style.
Now let the season really begin…