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 …