Two pictures taken on the same evening to show the fun of skiff rowing. Tom coxed Debbie, Lynne, Rosemary and Linda up the Cley channel before guiding the boat across the marshes at high water. The sunset composition shows a crew heading home after practising changing seats in a GRR situation. Great enjoyment in both skiffs!
Just a few scenes from the annual Lifeboat Service at Blakeney … Rob, Jenny, Sue, Lynne and Adrian represented the club admirably on the water at a memorable event on a summer’s evening. It was a great opportunity for locals and holiday makers to see rowers in action at a community gathering. Thanks to Anta and Alan C for the photographs.
Rosemary gives an account of a ladies’ outing in beautiful weather. Victoria, Jules, Heather and Vera made up the adventurous crew.
“Five intrepid ladies were under instruction to row to the Point for a swim – it was a hot day. Our captain was thwarted as we made it to Pinchen’s Creek where two rowers became swimmers. As they greeted a passing skiff the non-swimmers became hysterical to see how deep the water was, it nearly reached the swimmers’ knees and they were some yards out. Not content with that ‘swim’ four headed over the land to the real sea for a swim leaving one rower boat minding and photographing. Most enjoyable without being taxing.”
Alan C. captures the experience of rowing to Cley with four ladies:
“Four ladies and a man to rowed to Cley. On the way they practised Man Overboard or rather Buoy Overboard with bucket attached. Heather the stroke immediately started pointing to the buoy and requesting that channel 16 should be used to alert the authorities. The remaining oars got back to the buoy and rescued him perfectly. We discussed a real person coming in feet first, also what if it was one of us who was overboard; we decided to enjoy our row to Cley and practise that next time.
Realising that we would be against the wind on the return leg, we let the wind and tide take us some of the way on the outward leg. Unfortunately, the tide was not really high enough to reach Cley beach but we did try. After our stop in a creek for refreshments, the cox pulled us back to deeper waters where we met several kayakers also returning to Blakeney.
For some reason several people took our photo, whilst we endeavoured to keep timings perfect, (see attached!)
Great fun and we were pleased to see Rob and Jenny at the slipway to help us back to terra firma.
Do it again, most definitely.”
Sunday 18th August was another great day on the water for everyone, but particularly for the two crews who took part in the annual rowing race. Conditions were sunny but blustery and rowers had to pull hard to make progress. Coxes had to be at the peak of their vocal powers. As for the raw scores, the men’s crew in Bluejacket completed the course in 49 minutes 39 seconds and the mixed crew in Hoi Larntan finished in 64 minutes and 19 seconds. A 10% adjustment applies but the Bluejacket crew still emerges as victorious. It was a great effort by all participants! Thanks to Helen Riley and Diana Howes for the photographs.
Saturday 10th August saw new and seasoned club members gather at the President’s house for a barbecued meal. Typically undeterred by strong winds, a large group met to socialise and welcome those who have recently joined. The burgers and sausages were beautifully cooked and there were many other delicious dishes to enjoy. Future outings and expeditions were planned and preparations were discussed for the Blakeney Regatta on 18th August. Many thanks to Adrian and Lynne Hodge for hosting a great event.
Here are three pictures sent in by Alan C showing the involvement of Kings Lynn Rowing Club in Morston Regatta and our own two Crabber crews waiting for the competition to start. Good memories of last weekend.