SCRA has worked with rowing coach Tim Down, and Raw Film productions to produce a series of 5 short coaching videos on the basic aspects of fixed seat rowing technique – these are available on Youtube, and embedded below. Well work a look, it’s not just for racing, good technique = less effort for the same result!
SCRA are happy for these to be distributed widely, so please do so, with an acknowledgement to SCRA.
If you get a message saying ‘video unavailable’, just hit ‘Watch this video on youtube’ under the message and all should be well…….
The late afternoon of 19th April was bright and sunny as Adrian, Vicky, Peter, Diana, Amy and Barry met close to the slipway near Wells Sailing Club. Unable to meet with the Norfolk BrOARDs ladies crew, who had stopped for the evening in Hunstanton, the “Crabbers” decided to launch and enjoy rowing “Hoi Larntan” in beautiful conditions. After the steep slipway was negotiated, the crew struck out for the sea watched by Barrie and Andrea who were kindly supporting. The pictures below will show just how pleasant the evening was – good rowing in a gentle swell with time to drift at the half way stage and enjoy chocolate biscuits. It was a really fantastic outing! It was also great to have several people come to the slipway, before launching, in order to admire the “handsome boat.”
Sunday 7th April dawned dull and misty with only a fleeting view of the Watch House. Would there be a morning outing? After a brief discussion, it was decided to go for it. Catherine, Madeleine, Carol, Diana and Barry swiftly took their seats before hauling two sailing boats towards windier conditions nearer the end of the cut. A good way to limber up!
The water was calm, just right for the crew to work on timing, but visibility called for great care and attention. Nevertheless, there was still the chance for a well earned refreshment break – drifting in the silence eating chocolate biscuits and apricots. Then, a quick visit to chat to sailing club members on Lapwing and we set off home at high tide. The ladies kept an excellent pace back towards the slipway and the journey passed quickly. Coffee was shared and stories were exchanged on the Carnser. A very enjoyable outing!
The Langham Bluebell provided the setting for the second CRAB Social on Friday 5th April. It was great to see so many members turn up to chat and eat in pleasant surroundings. Good food, good company, looking forward to the next one.
Monday 1st April saw a great event which signified the official beginning of the Blakeney rowing season: the blessing of “Bluejacket”, “Hoi Larntan”, “Petrel” as well as Victoria’s sculling craft. Members and supporters gathered on the Carnser to witness Tom H offering three toasts associated with Blakeney before organising a ceremony in which everyone could participate. Many thanks to the contributors of bubbly and glasses.
There was ample opportunity to sample cake and drink before and after the blessing. This made the whole event pass really pleasantly and brought Crabbers together. Thanks also to the providers of some excellent chocolate and fruit cake.
Both skiffs were taken for an outing after the ceremony and this finished the event in style.
Many thanks to Lynne for these great pictures of Diana, Amy, Anta and Barry rowing against strongish winds out of Wells Harbour, ably guided by Adrian. The photographs enhance memories of a great row.
Adrian, Diana, Anta, Amy and Barry ventured into Wells on Saturday 31st March due to a lack of water in Blakeney. Conditions were sunny but blustery and bracing. After the steep slipway was expertly negotiated thanks to Adrian’s reversing skills, the crew set a steady pace along the winding harbour channel. Walkers on the path leading to Wells Beach gained a good view of Crabbers in action.
Soon the open sea was in full sight, with white breakers, and so were the famous beach huts. After taking in the beauty of the surroundings, a turn was made and the crew made for the confines of the harbour once more. Thanks to Adrian and Anta for sharing coxing duties. Thanks also to Lynne for providing shore support. It was a great afternoon’s rowing.