Skiffies get everywhere…

Now, what are they all looking at?UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a209.jpg

He must be brave – or mad…?UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a208.jpg

A security conscious CRAB committee member demonstrating that all things are possible – with a safety harness.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_a20c.jpg

And he made it to the top of the ratlines.

It was blowing a steady 24 knots, gusting 30 knots on Charlie Wards’ beautiful barge yacht “Juno” as we spent a day in the lower harbour Blakeney. We dried out on the East side of the channel for a sumptuous lunch and game of Viking Skittles on the beach. Well, you couldn’t really enjoy a row in that weather.

Said safety officer accepted the challenge to climb Juno’s massive mast. Quite a view from up there – I am told!



A Summer’s evening row…

Rosemary records:

“The row started in grey and ended in sun.  It all depends, though, which way you are looking. Half-way landing was about to be shared with the carcass of an unfortunate,  deceased seal – but the crew mutinied so we made it to Pinchen’s Creek.” (along with one of the seal-watching/ferry boats. Ed)IMG_1633.jpg

What a sky!IMG_1639.jpg

Skiffs are everywhere…

Barry, Diana and Amy enjoyed true Scottish hospitality recently and sent some words and pictures of their outing with Gairloch Rowing Club on 18th August, 2017. Ignore date/time on GoPro photos!
“Jim and Karen from Gairloch kindly took us out on Loch Ewe in the club’s beautiful skiff “Longa.” There was a variety of weather throughout the afternoon, including a downpour just as we were launching. However, a good time was had by all and it was great to chat about rowing in the area. Hopefully, our two boat hosts will visit (us here in) Norfolk one day.
Many thanks to Jim, Karen and to Gairloch Rowing Club.
Barry H.
P.S: I’ve made no mention of midges!”
(No comment. See below! Ed.)
Handy day-glow hood? Keeps the midges away?
St Ayles for ever! A great community.

Skiffs around the coast of Britain…

In a further despatch from the foredeck of yacht Discovery, we understand our former President has sailed on from Stornaway in Shetland. Working down the West coast and into the Irish Sea, visiting Ulster and the Inner Hebrides, she has managed to locate two more St Ayles skiffs:

One in a garage in Carrickfergus, County Antrim in Northern Ireland…


The other in in the peaty, malt whisky haven of Islay…


Sailing a 70ft ketch round the top of Britain doesn’t leave much time for coastal rowing but a good Skiffie will always sniff out a St Ayles wherever it may lurk!

Try this to follow her progress:




There are lifeboats and lifeboats…

More photos from Rosemary of the Lifeboat blessing at Blakeney Quay.IMG_6671.JPG

It’s those hats again…IMG_6675.JPG


Meanwhile…in Stornaway, a bigger lifeboat – and alongside, a former CRAB President has parked her ‘other little boat’. Well, just borrowed for the week really, as she sails the very Northern tip of Scotland to the Shetland Isles and on to Northern Ireland. Fair winds and bon voyage!2017-08-26-PHOTO-00000060.jpg


Earlier, our intrepid crew battled the reeds along the Cley Channel to reach the Cley Harbour Festival bright and early one mid-summer morning!IMG_6614.JPG



The end in sight…


Thanks to Rosemary for these.


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