Denver Sluice to The Ship Brandon Creek 31/3/18

We ( Scottie Myself Jon Nat Keith + a small passenger Liam) left the Sluice at 10.15 and got off to a good start. It was a long row against the current but we didn’t stop we kept on rowing and rowing after 1 hour 45 mins we thought we had the end in sight…But soon realised WE DIDN’T!!! Which was a real dissapointed to say the least. It was nice and dry but getting colder, then, after another 15 mins we finally saw the pub and gave a little cheer, the final time was 2hrs and 4 mins non stop we were all fairly Knackered but it was good to see our team mates on the mooring waiting to greet us.
After a lovely lunch and a warm up we waved goodbye to Keith, Jon, Nat and Nathan and team two ( Scottie, me Jim Mark Catherine and our Guest Shaun set off back to Denver and it was chucking it down!! But with the current in our favour we made very good time and got back to the sluice in 1 hour 16mins and the sun did come out for a little while. The route was 10.5 Kl each way which is 6.5 miles. We all agreed it was a good row and one to be repeated.

Barton Broad

Sunday 8th October
Five of us headed over to the broads for what turned out to be a lovely long row 12 kilometres in all, with a couple of stops for the usual tea cake and biscuits. The slipway was small but perfect for launching our boat. The rain stayed away and the sun was out for most of the row. Afterwards we stopped at a local pub for a quick drink and a round up of the day which we all concluded was well worth the drive. Our thanks go out to Scottie for towing and giving lifts.

Denver Sluice Our New Location 16/10/16

photo-16-10-2016-16-14-15Denver Sluice saw a different type of Rowing Boat upon the water on Sunday not the sleek Sculls of the local rowing club but our wonderful St Ayles Skiff.

We had a great turn out for the club with some new members some (ehem!) old members and a couple of have-a-goers.

So we had both Rewets out on the water with full crews which is always good to see, and a couple of tag-a-longs in Kayaks (don’t ask different adventure).

The sun shone brightly on the two crews as they set off towards Hilgay if albeit a tad on the windy side (again not fun in an inflatable Kayak).


The crews set off in good form with the new guys and gals picking it up quickly with instruction from our competent Cox’s and our experienced crews.

The two crews attempted to get to Hilgay with tight banks and moored boats with the use of short oars and bow and stroke sides, but alas they were forced to turn back so with both crews returning to the slip for much needed hot chocolate and flapjacks and catch up. photo-16-10-2016-16-15-25

A good successful location for when the tides aren’t right or for training.

Thank you Denver.

Next Time….  Wells-Next-Sea Saturday 22/10/16




A Brace of Réwets

Ouse Réwet nears completion and is nearly ready for sea-trials. (People keep asking us… “Rewet: to wet, drench, saturate, soak imply moistening something. To wet is to moisten in any manner with water or other liquid: to wet or dampen a cloth. Drench suggests wetting completely as by a downpour: A heavy rain drenched the fields.” or in Olde English: “Réwet: rowing”


The new lighter-weight oars proved successful and popular when tested over a 5-mile row.

And Ouse Réwet will be launched on 30th April – Launch details


Launching the Ouse Réwet April 30th 2016

We’re proud to announce the launching of the Ouse Réwet, our second St Ayles Skiff.

After a year of building and preparation, KLCRC’s second boat is ready to take to the River Great Ouse


Saturday April 30th | 11AM – 3PM


The Slipway, Common Staithe Quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk


Come and watch our second boat, Ouse Réwet, being launched into the River Great Ouse, at the public slipway in the carpark behind the Corn Exchange, Tuesday Marketplace, Kings Lynn.

The antics may also be viewed from the river balconies of the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club in Ferry Lane where the bar will be open.

We are also expecting boats from Blakeney and Denver to join us on the water for a ‘row-past’.

An invitation to join the Club, and get involved in building, launching and racing St Ayles skiffs in Norfolk and beyond. Find out more: KLCRC Membership

Footrests – the ongoing story

Picking up the story of our footrests (or stretchers) from we’ve made decisions and taken action…

Prototype stretcher/footrest #1. Adjusting rails fixed to hull
Prototype stretcher/footrest #1. Adjusting rails fixed to hull

We decided to take what we saw as the best features from our examples and came up with this.

There was some brow-beating over how to fix to the  rails to the hull.  But eventually we did the unthinkable – drilled from below then screwed and glued them.

Fixing the Adjustable rails


It’s not over yet, though…

Winter 2015/16 in the KLCRC Workshop

We’ve kept up our twice-weekly afternoon workshops throughout winter – similar to keeping up the rowing. Such is our enthusiasm!

Ouse Réwet nears completion, Lynn Réwet is in great shape and now there’s another boat in the workshop; a potential safety boat in the form of a RIB, which is being assessed before we’re committed to buying.
So there’s always plenty to do. During the winter we’ve seen some new faces at the workshop who have bought new skills, broadened the scope of what we do and are very much welcomed.
Amongst the new faces are our group of students from the College of West Anglia, who join us regularly for a taste of boatbuilding. We’re planning to take the group beyond boatbuilding and out of the workshop, onto the water and into rowing. All in 2016.

Carrow Cup 2015 – the results are in…

Never were we going to fail for lack of preparation.  Three weeks on the trot, 100mile round-trips to Norwich, to check out the course, the slipways and the landings were not done in vain.

The day was always going to be cold – there’s a clue in the date.  So we gathered in Lynn under leaden skies, hitched up the Rewét and set off into the starting rain. In Bishopsgate, Norwich, under Bob’s wing we launched smoothly into the flooded Wensum.  Inflatable seagulls prepared, and sou’wester outfits donned, the crew were ready.

Despite a little mixup with the order, the start was prompt and well organised… The crew knew what to do.

The cold and the rain had increased.  The going at the start was tough. “It was hell for the first minute, but then I got used to it” said Will.

Past Carrow Road bridge, to the cheers of the arriving football fans…

Heading to Thorpe and out of town
Heading to Thorpe and out of town


The rowers were out of sight from the bank for a couple of kilometres, until they came into sight of the finish at Broadland Boat Club, downriver on The Yare.  Just a quick rest and congratulations, then turn to home, at Whitlingham, to recover the boat.

Back on dry land, in the superb Whitlingham Boathouse we find out the results, and a very nice surprise – we’re not last, in fact we’ve made a very respectable time – considering it’s our first racing event and it’s still early days for us.

Onwards and upwards then…

The 2015 Carrow Cup, Norwich

The Carrow Cup race will be held in Norwich on 12th December. It’ll be the 202nd year; so a magnificent tradition, organised by Norwich Rowing Club for both fine and traditional boats. Traditional boats (i.e. Fixed seat – that’s us!) compete on handicap for the Bicentenary Silver Bowl, which was given in 2013 by the Norwich Society.

The traditional boat race is run as a time trial (head race) and there will be a variety of craft competing for the “Bicentenary Bowl”. Any coxed boat, with fixed seats is allowed to compete. The handicap is based on that used in the Great River Race in London, but without the permission of the GRR organisers. In addition there’s a 10% time advantage to women. So, a crew of three men and one woman would get 2.5% advantage etc.

The start is at Pull’s Ferry, which is between the station and cathedral in the heart of Norwich. The handicap is used to arrange the starting order, with the slowest starting first and intervals between starters to reduce overtaking where the river is narrow. This does not always work out!

There is limited availability to launch at Carrow Yacht Club. The slipway is opposite the Whitlingham Boathouses/NRC slipway. Access is from Trowse rail bridge.  An alternative is at Griffin Marina, Griffin Lane, Thorpe St Andrew. Several of the visiting clubs will be launching there.

Adrian Hodge put a short video on YouTube some years ago. Look for Norfolk Skiff Club in the Carrow Cup…

I’ve attempted a map of the course, with a potential launching place. All to be confirmed…

Access to Carrow Yacht Club is as shown on the map. Turn left near the top of the Trowse rail bridge towards Lafarge Aggregates yard, but turn right before the entrance. The route to CYC crosses redundant industrial land (The Deal Ground) and three gates, which will be locked when not in use. Unfortunately this access road is used as a parking place by football fans, which could obstruct our exit after the race.

The course is about 3200m and will take just over 20 mins to row.

Detailed instructions will be issued nearer the time, but the traditional boats will marshall above Bishop Bridge allowing the fine boats to start at Pull’s Ferry. This is convenient for the pub if refreshment is required.

Once the fine boats have cleared the start line, marshals will call the traditional boats in starting order (slowest first). Last year there was 7 mins between the first and last starter.

After the race we recover the boats and attend the prize giving at Norwich Rowing Club (probably at the new Whitlingham Boathouse).