Carrow Cup – 2017…

Alan sends pictures, hot off the press, of the annual shindig on the river in Norwich. Results and blow by blow details to follow, no doubt – though I hear Bluejacket beat Hoi Larntan by just two seconds!

Photos mainly pre-start. Things get a bit hectic after that!

The CRAB teams:Carrow Cup 2017-1.jpg

In the pre-start area:Carrow Cup 2017-2.jpg

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Visitors from afar?

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Ready for the off, eyeing up the competition…Carrow Cup 2017-9.jpg

When it’s all over, who broke the thole pin, eh?Carrow Cup 2017-10.jpg

Then all hands to recover…Carrow Cup 2017-11.jpg




North West Passage…

Alan tells the tale of bold adventure. (North West of the Cley car park, that is…)

Bluejacket was taken for a spin today, Tuesday, by Alan, Mark, Ian, Morag, and David.  Who would have thought that half way through November we could have had such an enjoyable row – well anyone in CRAB actually!

Ian coxed us and by common consent we agreed to go up the Cley Channel. With the tide not quite full, we turned North before we got to Cley and headed for the South side of the shingle mass of Cley Beach.  The channel got narrower and narrower, and more and more shallow.   Eventually we made headway by using short-order oars, punting and then pulling ourselves along by grabbing the grassy banks!

Leaving the boat tied to a bush (brilliant knotting from Morag. Ed.) we headed for the North Sea on foot careful to avoid the hidden channels/holes.  Ian managed to find one – (see photo).  We soaked in the sounds of calming breakers rolling in from the North Sea, the sight of fishermen casting their lines and the birders queuing up to see Terns and waders. (A large bull seal watched us languorously from about 10 metres offshore, too…Ed.)

Finding the route home, after we had remembered to undo the painter (that knot sure held!) Ed.), was somewhat interesting. It’s so easy to go the wrong way!! (We had only one Yachtmaster on board! Ed.) It took just three attempts until we felt confident to continue rowing back up the correct channel which led to Blakeney.  Once back in the harbour, David took over the duties of cox and Ian the duties of stroke.  Despite the latter, we were back at the slipway before dark, just as planned!

Do it again? – You bet….


Alan said something about a trip – or was it a spin?Picure-2.jpg

The crew minus photographer…Picure-3.jpg

The crew plus photographer – if you see what I mean…?Picure-4.jpg



Boating on beautiful Barton Broad…

Alan reports on a glorious row in spectacular October weather on Barton Broad and further along the Ant:
“So eager were we that we set off ahead of scheduled departure time.  Thank goodness Ophelia’s effects were not evident on the River Ant.  We sheltered in and shared the river with three other vessels as well as many swans and herons.
Our rhythm and timings were such that we made Wayford Bridge Yacht Station for morning coffee and back long before midday.  Conversation only ceasing in the boat when the cox called for TEN FIRM!”
The photos tell the story:
Ready to launch…
In the water…Tuesday-2.jpg
Coffee break already?…Tuesday-3.jpg
Different. Tend not to get too many sheep at Blakeney…Tuesday-5.jpg
Row, row, row the boat…Tuesday-8.jpg
Is that what they mean by ‘catch’?…Tuesday-9.jpg
Safely home again…Tuesday-10.jpg
So lucky with the weather!

Back in business at Barton…

Yes, it’s that time of the year (warm and sunny, in October??) and Hoi Larntan has taken up residence at Cox’s Yard in Barton Turf. This means we can pretty much guarantee getting on the water in daylight, any day, at a time convenient for most of us.

There are lovely waters to traverse and sights to see, Harriers and Kingfishers etc., with scenic creeks and easily accessed places to hole up for the vital coffee break.

Anta towed the boat to Barton and then coxed the “boys” (no names no pack drill) as they set off  for the first row of this season, up to the landing stage at the staithe by How Hill…IMG_0594.jpg

On the way, one of the typical, lovely sights we have come to expect on these (usually) tranquil waterways…IMG_0590.jpg

One skiff will stay available at Barton Broad through the Winter to about the end of February 2018.

The calendar is here on the web – use it to book your place for a great row.


St Ayles skiffs on the Clyde…

Our crew before the start…IMG_0561.JPG

Passing under the Erskine Bridge – at full throttle…IMG_0574.JPG

It is mighty lonely out there on the Clyde with that massive Finnieston Crane breathing down on you.IMG_5716.JPG

Towards the end…

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Thanks to Micheal from Mingulay for this one of them at the start…


At the end…IMG_5727.JPG

6th out of 8 in our class and either 27th (according to Anta) or 37th (according to Rosemary) out of 75 skiffs in total – brilliant either way.  Well done all who travelled.

Another badge for the bow of Hoi Larntan!