My thanks to Alison for the bones of this post: We arrived in plenty of time to meet our back up team then turned ourselves in to Elves in the pub car park! We launched Ouse Rewet down the very steep ramp, eyed up some of the competition and collected our number.
Jumped in the skiff and made our way down the river to the start … And we were off…. We rowed hard and fast it was a warm day and we were hot! We were doing OK then a bit of a tangle of oars and I think someone might of sworn!! But we kept on going as fast as we could getting hotter and hotter. It was hard work! But we made it in 26 minutes.
And although we didn’t win the races; the Elves from Lynn certainly bought a smile to a few Faces!!!
After the boat was towed away (thank you towing team) we got a lift back up the river to the boat house and had bacon butties toast eggs beans and mugs of tea. Still in our Elf costumes we got a Taxi back to the start pub for a pint and back home.
It was cold, wet and windy; revolting weather. But that didn’t stop some of the ‘ardest members of the club dragging themselves out of bed for a row at Denver. Alison, Scottie, Donald and Carol all in time with Julian as Cox and filmmaker; not bad timing at all folks! We tried to get up the river Wissey to Hilgay the other day; we need some shorter oars; or paddles! We’ll try again I’m sure!
Wells (I had to use the pun) we’re out again with two crews. So pleasing to see both boats on the water and today saw the the first all female crew and cox as well (apparently sisters are doing it for themselves!)
The ladies set off in the Ouse Rewet towards the quayside with waves from the local crowd followed by the gents in the Lynn Rewet in hot pursuit. Bathed in glorious sunshine. It didn’t take long for the guys to get away and head off towards the beach, the ladies followed and then decided to play in the harbour instead.
All crews returned safely back to the slip we loaded and packed the boats up and opted for a outing debrief at the Golden Fleece for a debrief and refreshments.
Denver 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.
A good successful location for when the tides aren’t right or for training.
A very popular display this year. We were asked to steward Lynn’s pontoons and have our boats on show. We were busy all day giving people try-rides in both Ouse Rewet and our safety RIB. We also launched the boats at dead low water at the slipway. An interesting exercise where we all learned a lot. A stout piece if rope was invaluable.
Sunday 14th August 2016; Despite the crowds and local (water) sports day, we launched Ouse Rewet and the RIB from the car park and made our way to Scolt Head Island. The weather was superb and several members (and a guest) went swimming in the harbour entrance. The others just sunbathed and picnicked. The consensus was : another superb outing. My thanks to Will for the artistic pictures.
The Launch Day held on 30 April 2016 was a great success, enhanced by some lovely weather which made a welcome contrast to the launch of Lynn Rewet a year ago. Ouse Rewet was launched with due ceremony; the launch itself was preceded by speeches from our MP, Sir Henry Bellingham and the Mayor of King’s Lynn, Councillor Colin Manning, The skiff was then formally christened Ouse Rewet by the Lady Mayoress Julie Manning with a bottle of a Beeston Brewery beer “On The Huh”. KLCRC had also launched Lynn Rewet and our safety RIB and the day was very well supported by the Blakeney club ,The CRABS, who not only launched their 2 skiffs but also helped to man the safety RIB. All 4 skiffs then rowed the Ouse for 30 minutes and once boats were secure the rowers and supporters retired to the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club (OASC) for a sandwich lunch. the OASC and the CRABS have our grateful thanks for their support and helping to make our Launch Day a success.
Taster rowing sessions, come along and see why this is such a fast growing community sport for all ages. All equipment and training supplied, just bring a change of clothes (just in case!).
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