Saturday 18th May was a really positive evening for the club with several prospective rowers coming along to the Carnser to try their hands in the two skiffs. Victoria organised the outings so that all newcomers had a good experience. Catherine took names of triallists. Rob, Tom M and Barry H coxed and gave helpful tips. Rob modelled rowing strokes whilst the skiff was on the trailer; a great way for the audience to view technique. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful evening on the water and all new rowers were keen to improve, promising to keep in touch and come again. Many thanks also to Anta, Barrie B, Humphrey, Veronica and Alan M, Diana and Amy H, Sue W, Peter R as well as Richard B for their invaluable support.
Below are some memories of pushing the boat out in style.
Some action shots of the ladies’ crew in action. Thanks to Stephen H for the photographs.
Saturday 11th May saw Crabbers gathering on the South Quay, King’s Lynn,to participate in the Hanse Festival races on the Ouse. The opposition was provided by a range of skiffs and Harker’s Yard Gigs from King’s Lynn and Burnham-on-Crouch. The fun began early with all hands available to negotiate the deep, slippery mud in order to launch “Bluejacket”. This was a tricky exercise, calling for teamwork and humour. No shoes or boots were lost this year.
The ladies’ crew got off to a flying start, surging into an early lead. There were clashes of oars underneath the half-way bridge before the return leg was negotiated against a strong tide. The crew kept immaculate timing throughout a tough race and finished in third position. A close run result!
The men’s crew also started well, moving swiftly into second position. The bridge turn was negotiated with aplomb before the hard fought home run saw another third place trophy!
The race of the day came in the mixed crew event. After a fifteen second time penalty, the Blakeney crew was at the back of the field. Incredibly, they worked their way past their rivals to achieve second place. This was a monumental piece of coxing and rowing which drew cheers and gasps from the spectators. The best trophy of the whole event!
The overall trophy for most second and third places was retained and awarded in the clubhouse afterwards. Many thanks to King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club for organising and hosting a brilliant competitive event. Thanks also to Tom H and Alan C for towing.
The pictures below give a flavour of the day. More to follow …
Two pictures of recent outings at Blakeney. Nice to see new rowers coming along to enjoy the experience.
Thanks to Adrian and Rosemary for their account:
Here are a few images of Bluejacket on the Deben River at Woodbridge in front of the famous Tide Mill and moored next to a barge. We were there for the launch of Whisstock, a new St Ayles skiff built by the Woodbridge Coastal Rowing Club. The skiff is named after the boatyard which stood on the Woodbridge waterfront from 1926 to 1990 and has been constructed over the last year in The Longshed which will be the building home of a full-sized replica of the Sutton Hoo grave ship. The Mayor and Drum band kept the heavy showers at bay for our time afloat. The water was shared with another new boat, a pirouge, which had been built by youngsters who really enjoyed their first excursion on the wet stuff.
Hopefully the Woodbridge boat will visit Blakeney before too long.
On a different note, congratulations to everyone who has attended FIrst Aid courses in the past year. Now 18 members have current First Aid certificates and 16 of the 21 Authorised Rowers. There may be more who have not recorded their achievements.