A 9am start on a lovely clear morning.
We (Keith Mark Alison Scottie and Will) set off out of the harbour toward the beach. It was fairly calm and we’d made good progress so we decided to carry on along the beach to see a family of seals who were lazing on the beach. As we passed we half jokingly set ourselves the challenge of rowing out to the fairway buoy! We kept on going and going the swell was getting higher and the rowing harder but we pushed on and after a time we made it!! Feeling very proud of ourselves we set of back to the beach where we stopped for hot chocolate and a quick change of positions before rowing back to the slipway. I believe as a club we had once before rowed right the way out, but for some in the boat it was a first and although very tiring we were all glad to have made the effort, rowing back we saw quite a few seals and some very large sea birds. Well worth the effort.

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Breakfast at Scolt Head

We set off from Brancaster at 7am on a big tide which was flowing our way. The sun was out and the marshes looked stunning but slightly disorientating with the high water. Scottie and Will took turns coxing. We had 3 rowers which didn’t pose any problems we were soon whizzing round the creeks and seemed to get to Scolt Head fairly swiftly. The tide was very fast flowing so we pulled the boat up out of the flow and found a nice sheltered spot to cook up breakfast. We fried up sausages eggs and mushrooms and served them up with plenty of hot tea. It was truly beautiful and very relaxing.

After breakfast we realised that the tide had turned and was flowing extremely fast so we set off for Overy.  After a couple of false starts and with a very soggy Will we rowed like Trojans to get back to the harbour.

We set off back to Brancaster to pick up the cars and have a coffee at the crab hut. We all agreed the early start had been well worthwhile and definitely worth repeating.


A club outing on the Baden Powell

Visit the Baden Powell website here: and the Trip Advisor entry here:

On 30th June I had the pleasure of skippered the Baden Powell out of King’s Lynn loaded to the gunwales with club members. The weather was superb with a brisk westerly allowing us to tear out of ‘Lynn to view a couple of dozen seals basking at the entrance to the Great Ouse. We had ‘Lynn’s Festival 2 to play us out of the town and the Cherry Sand coaster entering the docks; and a strange women on a kayak waving at us. All made for an interesting trip. It was a lovely, slightly exciting sail with full mainsail and stay-sail (I chicken out of trying the Jib). All (who wanted to) having a go at the helm.

We tacked just past Vinegar Middle to return but the skipper made a pig’s ear of it (not pulling the sheet full in before tacking) and the main sheet block decided to jump out of its bindings, effectively leaving us unable to tighten or loosen the mainsail. After sailing back up the river until past all the buoys I was able to point her into the wind and Pawel (attached to the jack stay with a safety line) and BP’s crew were able to drop the main and allow us to motor back.

All back safe and sound we retired for some light refreshment at Marriott’s Warehouse and devour Gina’s birthday cake (courtesy of Sandra).

We all had a really good time with several wanting to repeat it. I have undertaken to try and book another as there are several people who missed out on this trip (as it was first come, first served).

My personal thanks go to the 3 Baden Powell staff, we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you.

Lowestoft First Light Festival

KLCRC was invited to take part in a celebration to watch the summer solstice sunrise in the most Easterly part of the UK, Lowestoft. We were asked if we might be willing to deliver a ceremonial load of fish to the beach at dawn on 23rd June…. at 4 o’clock in the morning!!!!

Always up for trying something different and interesting, of course we said yes and prayed for clement weather.

Our (very welcoming and generous) hosts were the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club and the maker-and-shaker, Mick Hart.

We arrived on Saturday and the RN&SYC used their superb small crane to lift our boats into the marina for the night.

We had a trial row in the afternoon which was quite choppy from the Marina down to the festival and back, then retired, tired and excited to various drinking and eating establishments; some (not all) had the wherewithal to get an early night!

Up at pre-dawn, we rowed to the beach, accompanied by Skylark and Stellar Maris, ran the skiffs up the beach (in quite a surf) and formally handed over the 3 mackerel. The beach was very busy and our welcome was amazing. With assistance of some bystanders we managed to relaunch and return to Lowestoft harbour. The sea was quite wicked at this point and I am pleased to report the St Ayles superb design kept us safe all the way back. (There was some unseemly ‘whooping’ as we shot up and down some of the waves!)

Back for a mega full English (for the non-vegetarians!) after 40 winks.

In summary; an absolutely great event in which everyone involved had a great time. I think the highlight was rowing hard into a big sea, in fine weather with the rising solstice sun behind us… see the pictures below for an idea of the event.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to Mick Hart and the RN&SYC…. and a special mention to Kate Palmer for most of these brilliant photos; a hidden talent methinks! (I’ll add more as they come in)

Hanse Regatta 2019

On the 11th and 12th May we held our second Hanse Regatta. Once again, it was well received and the people who came had a great time. The addition of more social-oriented activities was very popular. I’m told the Ouse Booze has now restocked their beer after the Burnham on Crouch’s lot emptied their cellar; have a look at some of the smiles below! The results are at the end.

Our Corn Shovel Race was very popular with participants and spectators alike, especially with more than a little cheating and general skulduggery going on! I was particularly impressed by the pirate (albeit sans parrot!), and the adjudicator (me) found the beer of excellent quality all round; so additional points were awarded for these things!

Results (Saturday)

Results (Sunday)

Wells to Blakeney row

On 19th June we joined several other craft and took part in an ‘adventure row’ from Wells to Blakeney organised by the Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney (CRAB). The weather couldn’t have been better! The first half followed the creek through the marsh from Wells; along East Fleet then under a VERY low iron bridge joined Stonemeal creek then Cabbage creek and out into the  main Blakeney Harbour and Point. Here we were surrounded by curious seals all the way to a lunch stop at the Old Lifeboat Station. For the last half, we followed the river Glaven up to Blakeney itself. After hauling the boats out we sat in the sun with a cup of tea and bacon butties, chewing the cud!

Our thanks to the CRAB for inviting us; you can see lots of video and photos by following this link on their site: Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney

Finally; they intend repeating the excursion on 1st September, so put the date in your diary.

Cockleshell Challenge

Perfect weather; beautiful location; a warm welcome and a great day’s racing. Our deepest thanks to the Eastney Cruising Association for making us really welcome to their event (we are deeply envious of your magnificent clubhouse and facilities!). The 3 races held on the Saturday left us quite exhausted but ready for the evening’s BBQ and excellent beer. (The chilli burgers made Julian gasp a bit but the huge sea bass caught 2 hours earlier was magnificent!) To cap it all; we came away with the ECA Commodore’s Challenge Trophy!

Julian, Nat, Jon and Del pulled like Trojans to take the last race (I’m not sure I added a lot, shouting from the Cox’s seat) and we all learnt a lot about competing against a variety of different boats.

We didn’t make the Sunday race as some wanted to see Portsmouth docks and I didn’t want to be dragging the boat around the M25 later in the day; If more people come next year (possibly both skiffs?) we may be able to do both days.

Given the opportunity, we will be back next year!