The Kings Lynn Coastal Rowing Club was launched and held its first formal meeting yesterday. (and celebrates with a new header picture from the 2012 North Berwick regatta; courtesy of Alec Jordan). The offices of Chairman, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Publicist were created and all 7 present becoming the first members of the club. We have set the membership fee at a token £1 and intend to hold it at that at least until the first boat is launched. Our Constitution is under review at present, as is our first application for funding. The ‘Contact’ page is now a ‘Contact/Join us’ form where you can apply for membership. The next get together is at 7pm Thursday 11th April; once again at the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club (see directions below), all are welcome. We are keen to make the club available to the wider community and will be inviting various organisations to sponsor teams to compete in various races/events. If you are a pub, charity, social group or village and think this is something you may be interested in, please use the contact form on the blog to tell us. Over the next few months we will be deciding how best develop the club going forward and how best to build the facilities, training and competition we intend to offer.
1. I now have sufficient numbers to start the formal club and regular meetings, create our constitution, open a bank account and start applying for funding from various bodies.
2. I have agreed that we can ‘hire’ the Sea Cadet’s’ Unit on South Quay for the build(s) and that will be available from May this year. We should get at least one on the water by the end of this season, all being well.
3. We have a great deal of support from Kings Lynn Council, the OASC, Trues Yard and many others.
4. I will be in the OASC clubhouse, Ferry Lane, Kings Lynn Thursday 28th March at 7pm to chat to all comers (and will be there every other Thursday for a while) – The OASC committee have offered to support our meetings going forward and their water at Saddlebow for practice; they want to be very involved. I spoke to their committee this evening.
5. I am currently completing the hull of another 15ft dinghy in my garage using the same technique and people are more than welcome to pop round to see it, if I know they are coming.
Welcome to our blog. I can do no better than repeat the recent Lynn News article from March 7th 2013 …
Volunteers are needed to help a man to build two rowing boats to race along Lynn’s waterfront.
Bob Panrucker is appealing to the community to help him build two St Ayles Skiffs along with establishing a new rowing club.
Building and racing St Ayles Skiffs has become increasingly popular across the world since the boat design was commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in 2009.
The skiff, which has 22ft with a beam of 5ft 8in, is manned by four rowers and a coxswain.
The boat is named after the former chapel, which is part of the entrance to the museum in Fife.
Mr Panrucker has received permission from the Lynn’s Sea Cadets committee to use a shed along South Quay to build the boats.
He will also be applying for grants to raise £10,000 to bring the project to fruition.
Mr Panrucker said: “Two of these boats racing up and down the River Great Ouse would be tremendous. This would be a big benefit to the town. It will help to pull people down to the South Quay to watch the building.
“This is a tremendous project which pulls together members of the community who are interested in watching the build take place and having competitions.
“People will be able to get fit and have fun on the water and use the river. It is primarily developed to get residents to use the Great Ouse.”
Mr Panrucker will be officially launching the King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club but needs committee members to form a quorum.
He is hoping to attract six adults to help build the two boats, which could take a couple of months if they work full-time or, more likely, 6 months part-time.
Mr Panrucker said: “Personally I love building boats. These things are very exciting, the build starts upside down!
“I would like anybody to come along and help. I have a couple of people who are interested already. I have a flier that I will be sending out.”
Mr Panrucker, who is chairman of the Lynn Sea Cadets, is also hoping to get youngsters involved in the project.
Anyone who is interested in taking part in this initiative should email Mr Panrucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01553 636583