Pushing the boat(s) out….


As part of the RYA’s national Push-the-Boat-Out weekend CRABlakeney joined the sailors of Blakeney Sailing Club, and other clubs all over the country, in offering the chance for anyone who came along, to have a go in a boat.

With beautiful weather and lots of North Norfolk sunshine, both our boats were kept busy treating numbers of people to the fun of coastal rowing in St Ayles skiffs. The smiles said it all. Thanks to all who took time to instruct and act as more experienced rowers.



Earlier in the week a group of students from local independent school Gresham’s, in nearby Holt, had a morning trying their hands at skiff rowing.

They were very good and enthusiastic. Navy cadets from the CCF. Bit of a change from our normal age range. The promise of a flourishing future?
We had two boats out. Victoria coxed one and Alan the other. He took his crew on an excursion way up Cley creek – quite an experience!
They ended with a race of about 100m, in the Pit, which was well contested and resulted in a dead heat. All celebrated by going to Wells for fish and chips.



Our new trailer/trolley combination freshly back from the galvanisers’ tank. Very many thanks to Ian (the trailer) for building it for us. Now we can shift both boats.

Lots of happy road-miles to come.



The best caption we have had so far for the  Hmmmm….  photo below, is from Mark Fleming:
“Ian looks a trifle worried as final checks for his round the world row are carried out.”

Thanks Mark. Your prize in the post!


Hoi Larntan has been in regular use –


Hoi Larntan has been in regular use – more outings than I can count. Some despite the wind and weather and one cancelled because of it!

Adrian has been re-modelling the first set of oars that he and Andy made, slimming them down and helping to make rowing even easier.

Collars of Oxford are making our second set and we have three further generous rowers to thank for their contributions – Professor Robin Forrest, Elaine Sassoon (our dedicated cox) and Antonia Hardcastle all of whom have braved the Norfolk winds to row regularly – somehow seems always to be against the tide too!

There are many others to thank for their practical help, Roy who even had his own boat altered so we could practise before Hoi Larntan was launched, Morris whose draughtman’s skills solved more than one problem and Ian Ruston who masterminded the clothing and logos (based on Godfrey Sayers and Adrian Taunton’s designs). Ian has also stirred up lots of support locally for us. Thanks to you all and others I have not yet mentioned.

Thursday and Friday this week sees our first major coaching sessions – Mike Gilbert is coming to put us through our paces – more after the event.

The cover has been made and looks good and robust:



So many people have helped us in so


So many people have helped us in so many ways – not only coming and being part of the build but many off-site activities have made it all possible. Today Tom Kittle of Lapwing Woodturning in Holt finished these superbly turned thole pins for Hoi Larntan and has shown great interest in the project. Thanks very much Tom.





With the prospect of travelling to Ullapool and dipping our oars in the Northern Atlantic – well, Loch Broom and the fringes of the Minch anyway, I thought a small offering to Neptune would be appropriate, so a small silver coin is now embedded in the apron.