Hanse Festival Kings Lynn…

Barry sends photos and words of this highly successful event – and the sun shone too!

“The main opposition was provided by the two King’s Lynn skiffs, but there were two or three local crafts of different kinds in each race. The event is one which has been restarted after many years absence. Its full title is “The King’s Lynn Hanseatic Royal Regatta” and planning will start shortly for next year’s event which, I’m told, will involve a maximum of ten rowing craft.

It’s hoped that more club members will want to participate in racing.”


Discussing tactics before the start…

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Setting off to race…

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What was on offer…

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And we were among the chocolates…

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The team en masse…

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Fierce competition…



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Hopefully the first revival of what will again become an annual event.




Will your anchor hold…?

Rosemary sets up an intriguing conundrum:

“Sunday morning last. Security with a stone…”

Anyone fancy having  a go at the maths to establish whether or not this is a safe anchorage?

Were it on the Blakeney mud, I’d lay a wager it would be rock solid.  But as it’s on the sandy Point…?

What do you reckon?


Ancient and Modern…

Rosemary tells of Hoi Larntan’s visit to Woodbridge.

Woodbridge Riverside Trust (https://www.woodbridgeriversidetrust.org) is intending to build a full-size replica of the Sutton Hoo burial ship in a custom-built shed, just over 90ft long. Two St Ayles skiffs will be built first in the shed and CRAB were asked to bring a boat to the opening ceremony on Saturday 21st April. We stayed overnight at a flat overlooking Robertson’s boatyard and the Deben.

Inside the Longshed was a half-size replica of the Sutton Hoo ship, two St Ayles kits and Hoi Larntan. We had a busy 6 hours answering questions and promoting the joys of skiffing.

Woodbridge is tidal with huge banks of peculiarly glutinous mud exposed at low tide. Unlike Blakeney, this mud has to be removed from feet by high-pressure hose or scraping! We launched Hoi Larntan from a slip at the Longshed once we reckoned the tide had risen high enough. Unfortunately we were wrong and made a rather sticky and undignified departure to a pontoon downstream where we took 14 interested potential rowers out, two at a time, for 10 minute spins. The first customer was the Lady Mayor who earlier had opened the Longshed. Despite falling on her back in mid-row (we hope no telephoto lenses were snooping) she resolved to row again once the skiffs are built.

On the Sunday we made an early departure to benefit from the falling tide and headed down-river, calling in at Waldringfield for refreshments, passing Ramsholt  where a surly harbourmaster had refused an earlier CRAB expedition permission to moor (hence the emergency bucket, and beaching at Felixstowe Ferry at the mouth of the Deben for a picnic at slack water after a 10-mile row. Suitably fed and rested we started back up-river on the incoming tide, past the Tide Mill at Woodbridge to the slip at Robertson’s yard in time to enjoy evening reflections on the river. Nine hours on a beautiful river in glorious weather made it a day to remember.

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