Another lovely outing to Burnham Overy Staithe

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.IMG_2058IMG_2053IMG_2063IMG_2059

Launching Ouse Rewet

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.

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

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).

In the news. Again

KLCRCLynnNewsSep15-thumbOur recent outing to Hunstanton made the Lynn News, our local paper –

Another nice report and we can only repeat thanks to the hospitality and friendliness of Hunstanton Sailing Club.

Let’s do it again…