Semaine du Golfe

A few pictures to give a flavour of the event…..

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Launching at Port Blanc, new trailer performing well…

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Followed by some short orientation rows

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that hinted at the sea state encountered later in the week. The water in the Golfe never seems  happy to stay where it is.

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and there were a few boats about to add to the interest.

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On subsequent days we attended a picnic,

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encountered some more of the interesting conditions, which H-L took very well..

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saw lots more tall ships

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all manner of boats for that matter…

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On the last day took part in the Grand Parade, then moored up to watch proceedings from the hotel’s lawn.

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Lots of pictures to be found at here and here .

Next event in 2 years time (to allow local stocks of shellfish to recover!) – definitely recommended.

May Day row…

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All was well. Rosemary tells me the human crew were ingesting caffeine and chocolate in preparation for a testing row back before the imminent rain shower arrived (it never did!) – weaving their way through the Blakeney Sailing Club dinghies, racing in a stiff Southerly breeze.

A good work-out for all. It is called ‘Labour Day’ in various parts of the world, so why not?

 

North Norfolk – and a big, big tide…

We are blessed with the most spectacular scenery, are we not?

The length of Pinchen’s Creek with scarcely a ripple breaking the surface:CA67F335-8447-4D94-8D5C-21A63BF15919.JPG

Dog obedience-training with a boat? Heel, Bluejacket!

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Anta’s shadow, wielding the camera, concentrating on the backs of the crew’s heads. All in the name of Art, according to Derryn who recently completed a portrait painting course.

“Portraits”, really?

Rowing back home, they by-passed the slipway and beached up in the boat park, so high was the tide!

 

Pinchen’s Creek on Sunday…

In between mending oars (that we broke in Ireland) with high-tech carbon fibre etc., Rob and Jenny tried out their new Joel White skiff ‘Petrel’. Rob has made a super job of completing her from a bare shell bought on e-Bay!

Out to Blakeney Point and, in line with tradition, pulled in to sit alongside Bluejacket while chocolate and other health-giving, energy-restoring supplements were taken on board by the crews.

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A lovely evening as the sun drifted low to the West….

Thanks to Anta for the photo.