More from the Wells – Blakeney row

Here’s some excellent pictures and video of the row from Chris Taylor, including some interesting arial shots showing the structure of Blakeney point that’s not obvious from the ground – please follow the link & take a look:

https://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=292088

Chris is a local professional photographer  – more of his work can be seen here:
http://www.christaylorphoto.co.uk
https://www.aerovisuals.co.uk
https://www.aquavisuals.co.uk

A hi-res version of the film can be seen here , well worth a look on a large screen.

 

 

 

 

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Wells to Blakeney Row, 19 June

On Tuesday, our 2 skiffs, 1 from Kings Lynn, Victoria in her single Alden, 4 kayaks from BSC, and a Harkers Yard gig from the Marconi Club on the Blackwater, supported by Chris Taylor (photography), Barrie &  Peter in powered craft  rowed from Wells to Blakeney. The route traversed the marsh channels, emerging behind West Sands west of Blakeney point. Rob & Tom M rowed out from Blakeney to meet them opposite Stiffkey, whence everyone made for the Lifeboat station for refreshments before continuing to Blakeney (for more refreshments). Everyone made it in one piece, and the weather, clearing after rain early in the morning, was good, light wind and good sea state. Some initial pictures below – more to come later. Thanks are due to the towers, & everyone who assisted in safety boats, logistics etc. – a most enjoyable day was had by all.  Award for greatest distance travelled goes to Victoria’s brother, visiting from Tiree, where he’s involved in a skiff build, due for launch in August – this was his first row in a St Ayles.

Launching at Wells

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Briefing (head east..keep going)

 

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And go!

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And stop when you get to the point

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where gathers an unaccustomed number of rowing boats

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More pictures to come, watch this space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osea Island Race, 16 June

Last Saturday saw Rob, Jenny, Adrian & Robin, coxed by Dan, compete in the Osea Island race – rather rough conditions with wind against tide, particularly for Jenny in bow, saw us record a time of 1:35:25, compared to last years 1:28:59. The Stone Sailing Club were as hospitable as ever, giving assistance to launch & recover, with food & drinks available before & after the event. Here’s a track of the race – 7 miles overall, excluding manoeuvring before start & after finish.

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Decent weather at Blakeney

Last Thursday saw high tides, bright sunshine and warm but strong winds at Blakeney…

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And a nice sunset –

CRAB Sunset after hard row and Fish and Chip supper

Tide caused a slight delay in departure, enabling members to figure out how to fit Rob’s new gadgets to hold footrests in place whilst towing (which do work BTW, but need a little  more development)

CRAB waiting to figure out Rob's engineering and the tide to recede

Meanwhile, back at oar making HQ, 2 new oars have taken shape – one made from an old Collars oar, short at 3.2 metres, intended as a spare that can be more easily carried in the boat, and one, a development of the 4.2 metre lightweight oars, par of the on-going development plan…

 

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These are now with the boats & available for use – all feedback welcome.