Lifeboats and skiffs…

Former Wells RNLI lifeboat Lucy Lavers, remembered for her part as a hero of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation Operation Dynamo, joined the Sheringham inshore lifeboat in a ceremony at Blakeney Quay at the weekend.

The CRAB crew took part in the supporting flotilla with Hoi Larntan…P1040778.jpeg

Here is Lucy Lavers, beautifully restored for her 75th anniversary return to Dunkirk a couple of years ago, with a full crew in Blakeney Pit. She is based at Wells and regularly takes parties out for trips to the Fairway Buoy etc.  See the Rescue Wooden Boats website for details…P1040781.jpeg


Photos from Tom Green who spotted this fine craft over at Burnham Overy recently. Any clues anyone?P1040727.jpeg



Semaine du Golfe

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


Launching at Port Blanc, new trailer performing well…


Followed by some short orientation rows


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


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




On subsequent days we attended a picnic,


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


saw lots more tall ships


all manner of boats for that matter…


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


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…

What’s this?   Another empty boat?  How did it get there?IMG_1346.jpeg

Are these two oystercatchers the crew?IMG_1349.jpeg

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?