Great Morning At Barton.

Alan’s Narrative:

Tony and David were on their first and second goes at rowing with CRAB in Barton today, along with Tom, the club captain, Alan, the safety officer and Dan, a long standing member. One never knows the experience that is in the boat when one starts the adventure. Tom effected the introductions and directed the safe launching without getting our feet wet! Basic instructions were given and we set sail, sorry we rowed out of Barton Turf, avoiding the fishing lines.
The timings were excellent, near perfect entry points of catch at the start of the stroke. It was only as the morning progressed and we got to know each other that small details emerged. For example Tony, an established sailor and David a rower with history. David quietly told us that he had rowed from the Houses of Parliament to Paris and that he had rowed around the British Isles.
What a great experience to have been out this morning. I hope the photos go a little way to showing our experience and cameraderie.


Visit Of Woodbridge Rowers.

On Friday 11th January a group of skiff rowers from Woodbridge visited Barton Turf to row with the club. The visitors’ purpose, apart from enjoyment, was to pick up some design points for the building of their own skiff which they hope to have completed by April 2019. It was a great day which included rowing outings, a pub lunch and an appreciative look at trailers and the Bayfield Brecks workshop. It’s always a pleasure to meet members of other rowing clubs and we look forward to seeing the Woodbridge skiff on the water. It was a very sociable day for all concerned.
Thanks to Rob for organising such an excellent day’s timetable and for teaming up with Robin to give our guests a great rowing experience.

New Year’s Day Outing.

The 2019 season at Barton began with an eventful but enjoyable venture to Wayford Bridge. Conditions were quite warm and only slightly breezy as Diana, Amy, Richard, Tom and Barry took their places in “Bluejacket” to welcome the new year with a steady row. Greetings were exchanged with several smiling fishermen before a refreshment stop was taken near the bridge. The highlight of the return journey occurred when one of the rudder mountings broke! Rowing and coxing without the use of a rudder was an interesting exercise. Crabbers pulled together to ensure the outing ended safely.IMG_20190101_105835

Smiling through the rain…

On December 7th, Tom H, Diana, Barry, Humphrey and Calum rowed through the rain to Wayford Bridge. This was a preliminary to loading “Bluejacket” on to the trailer for transportation to The Carrow Cup. There was no pause in the conditions but the rowing, as ever, was great fun. The refreshment break saw the crew standing under the bridge drinking ginger liqueur and eating sticky toffees. A great mixture! Pictures of The Carrow Cup to follow …


Rowing In The Sun.

On Sunday 25th November, the sun shone brightly over Barton Turf as the latest crew of Crabbers took to the water. Jenny, Rob, Diana, Amy and second time rower Emily propelled “Bluejacket” as far as How Hill for a welcome refreshment stop.It was a morning of coaching, changing positions and sheer enjoyment. The skiff arrived back at base just as the clouds and rain appeared. Great timing!