Fixing the oar from Ireland


Remember the stroke oar that broke during the Worlds last summer? It hasn’t been forgotten, though some head scratching needed to figure how to fix it. First, make a plug to fit inside the clean part of the break, with added carbon fibre rods either side for reinforcement-


Then with everything aligned, glue everything in site with epoxy, thin first, then thickened, then filler – the damage actually extended right up to the leathered section.


Results looked promising….


and after adding a layer of thin fibreglass cloth over the damaged areas, varnishing and putting the leather back..


it looks like an oar again


Not legitimate for racing under St Ayles rules (due to carbon & glass fibre) , and remains to see how it performs under load, but little use broken & an expensive piece of firewood. Moral of the story- for oars, reject out of hand any wood with knots in.












British Summer Time…

Alan reports on a brisk row after the clocks go forward one hour:

“We took Bluejacket on the evening tide of the first day of British Summer Time.

It was a pleasure to get back to rowing at Blakeney again, with its tides and shallows and wrecks to contend with.  A welcome asset to the crew was our gig rower from Devon; she very quickly settled into rowing the St Ayles skiff and wants to row again if the opportunity arises.2017.03.26-1.jpg

We quickly realised that rowing out to see the seals at The Point was too ambitious.  On the outward journey, the wind from the East was blowing us fairly briskly against the incoming tide,  suggesting the return journey against the wind and against the (ebb) tide would be too much.  Instead, we enjoyed a short break for shared refreshments and a mardle at the old Lifeboat station returning to the Carnser whilst there was sufficient light.  There was still time for a quick drink at The Kings Arms!”


Hey, what about me? Don’t I get a drink too?




Changeover time…

Rosemary reports of the last row of the Winter season on a beautiful day at Barton:

“It may look like autumn harvest in the Islands but it’s spring harvesting the reeds in March, opposite How Hill here in Norfolk.  A wily marsh harrier has just just flown away out of shot.”IMG_5725.JPG


Both boats now in commission, relishing the salt water again at Blakeney.



Spring 2017…it’s arrived!

Roland took the photo and sent these words: 

“Here are 4 of the famous five (Roland, Dan, Tom, Rob and Steve) making landfall near Blakeney Point. They fought their way against a brisk wind from the WNW and an incoming tide, hugging the North side (of Blakeney Pit) to land just up from Pinchen Creek. No one about, not even illegal immigrants, visitors or National Trust wardens, just the wildlife. Bliss.”




You too can enjoy a glorious outing – Bluejacket is at Blakeney and Hoi Larntan has a couple more weeks at Barton Turf. All you have to do is book a seat and have fun.



Ludham bridge and back…

Alan reports on another great Winter outing – his words and photos:
‘XCweather prediction for Barton Turf (on Friday) was for winds from the South of 13-23mph with no rain and maybe sun – and that is what we got.
It was delightful.  The crew was made up of Roland and Louise, Tom, Dan and myself.  During the three hour outing to Ludham Bridge and back, there was hardly any lull in conversation, except when we were called upon to concentrate on timing, rate being increased or decreased, or encouraged to apply more pressure.
Once we were just asked to concentrate on the length of our stroke, nothing else, not even to apply any more pressure, and the result was a significant increase in boat speed – then we got back to the serious business of talking!
We had a beautiful sighting of a Kingfisher in flight.  On the way back, we even had a family of “otters eating biscuits out of our hands” (according to Dan! Ed.)  or was it a sighting of a water vole – sometimes referred to as a water rat! (Ratty of Wind in the Willows fame. Ed.)
Attached are some pictures of today.  I do have permission from Louise to use her photo “getting back into Hoi Larntan”.’
Let the pictures tell the tale:
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-1.jpg
Watch out – the guy behind you is trying to walk on water…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-3.jpg
That’s the way to do it…!To Ludham Bridge and back_-5.jpg
Many thanks to Alan and the crew who clearly enjoyed a great row, basking in the ever- reliable Norfolk sunshine. What more could anyone want?