The expedition to the Golfe du Morbihan was a great rowing experience for veterans of previous years and for first timers. It was a week of adventure in great company. Places on the itinerary included Ile d’Arz, Arradon, Locmariaquer, Saint-Goustan, Le Logeo, Larmor-Baden, Port Navalo and Plougoumelen. The crews’ leisure and rowing time was expertly organised by Adrian and our Breton hosts welcomed all participants at the staging posts. There was ample opportunity to sample the local food. Evenings were spent swapping the day’s tales in the most entertaining way. The Grand Parade, at the end of the week, was an incredible spectacle. Below are just a few memories of the week with more to follow …
Thanks to all who took part for their company; particularly to Lynn and Adrian for towing and to Stephen T for driving people to the meeting places so efficiently.
Saturday 18th May was a really positive evening for the club with several prospective rowers coming along to the Carnser to try their hands in the two skiffs. Victoria organised the outings so that all newcomers had a good experience. Catherine took names of triallists. Rob, Tom M and Barry H coxed and gave helpful tips. Rob modelled rowing strokes whilst the skiff was on the trailer; a great way for the audience to view technique. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful evening on the water and all new rowers were keen to improve, promising to keep in touch and come again. Many thanks also to Anta, Barrie B, Humphrey, Veronica and Alan M, Diana and Amy H, Sue W, Peter R as well as Richard B for their invaluable support.
Below are some memories of pushing the boat out in style.
Saturday 11th May saw Crabbers gathering on the South Quay, King’s Lynn,to participate in the Hanse Festival races on the Ouse. The opposition was provided by a range of skiffs and Harker’s Yard Gigs from King’s Lynn and Burnham-on-Crouch. The fun began early with all hands available to negotiate the deep, slippery mud in order to launch “Bluejacket”. This was a tricky exercise, calling for teamwork and humour. No shoes or boots were lost this year.
The ladies’ crew got off to a flying start, surging into an early lead. There were clashes of oars underneath the half-way bridge before the return leg was negotiated against a strong tide. The crew kept immaculate timing throughout a tough race and finished in third position. A close run result!
The men’s crew also started well, moving swiftly into second position. The bridge turn was negotiated with aplomb before the hard fought home run saw another third place trophy!
The race of the day came in the mixed crew event. After a fifteen second time penalty, the Blakeney crew was at the back of the field. Incredibly, they worked their way past their rivals to achieve second place. This was a monumental piece of coxing and rowing which drew cheers and gasps from the spectators. The best trophy of the whole event!
The overall trophy for most second and third places was retained and awarded in the clubhouse afterwards. Many thanks to King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club for organising and hosting a brilliant competitive event. Thanks also to Tom H and Alan C for towing.
The pictures below give a flavour of the day. More to follow …
Thanks to Adrian and Rosemary for their account:
Here are a few images of Bluejacket on the Deben River at Woodbridge in front of the famous Tide Mill and moored next to a barge. We were there for the launch of Whisstock, a new St Ayles skiff built by the Woodbridge Coastal Rowing Club. The skiff is named after the boatyard which stood on the Woodbridge waterfront from 1926 to 1990 and has been constructed over the last year in The Longshed which will be the building home of a full-sized replica of the Sutton Hoo grave ship. The Mayor and Drum band kept the heavy showers at bay for our time afloat. The water was shared with another new boat, a pirouge, which had been built by youngsters who really enjoyed their first excursion on the wet stuff.
Hopefully the Woodbridge boat will visit Blakeney before too long.
On a different note, congratulations to everyone who has attended FIrst Aid courses in the past year. Now 18 members have current First Aid certificates and 16 of the 21 Authorised Rowers. There may be more who have not recorded their achievements.
SCRA has worked with rowing coach Tim Down, and Raw Film productions to produce a series of 5 short coaching videos on the basic aspects of fixed seat rowing technique – these are available on Youtube, and embedded below. Well work a look, it’s not just for racing, good technique = less effort for the same result!
SCRA are happy for these to be distributed widely, so please do so, with an acknowledgement to SCRA.
If you get a message saying ‘video unavailable’, just hit ‘Watch this video on youtube’ under the message and all should be well…….
The late afternoon of 19th April was bright and sunny as Adrian, Vicky, Peter, Diana, Amy and Barry met close to the slipway near Wells Sailing Club. Unable to meet with the Norfolk BrOARDs ladies crew, who had stopped for the evening in Hunstanton, the “Crabbers” decided to launch and enjoy rowing “Hoi Larntan” in beautiful conditions. After the steep slipway was negotiated, the crew struck out for the sea watched by Barrie and Andrea who were kindly supporting. The pictures below will show just how pleasant the evening was – good rowing in a gentle swell with time to drift at the half way stage and enjoy chocolate biscuits. It was a really fantastic outing! It was also great to have several people come to the slipway, before launching, in order to admire the “handsome boat.”
Sunday 7th April dawned dull and misty with only a fleeting view of the Watch House. Would there be a morning outing? After a brief discussion, it was decided to go for it. Catherine, Madeleine, Carol, Diana and Barry swiftly took their seats before hauling two sailing boats towards windier conditions nearer the end of the cut. A good way to limber up!
The water was calm, just right for the crew to work on timing, but visibility called for great care and attention. Nevertheless, there was still the chance for a well earned refreshment break – drifting in the silence eating chocolate biscuits and apricots. Then, a quick visit to chat to sailing club members on Lapwing and we set off home at high tide. The ladies kept an excellent pace back towards the slipway and the journey passed quickly. Coffee was shared and stories were exchanged on the Carnser. A very enjoyable outing!
The Langham Bluebell provided the setting for the second CRAB Social on Friday 5th April. It was great to see so many members turn up to chat and eat in pleasant surroundings. Good food, good company, looking forward to the next one.