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.
Bob. (Cox) Will. (Stroke) Helen. Jeanette. Julian. Carol. (Passenger)
Team 101 Ouse Rewet
Scottie.(cox) Carl. (Stroke) Alison. Kate. Mark H. Mark C. (Passenger)
After slight confusion as to the teams and our team had a team member missing we all jumped into our boats and set off to row down to the holding area I was in Ouse Rewet who were then called back to the beach (tricky as all other boats were heading out from the beach) to pick up our missing team member Mark H who had got lost and walked over 5 miles looking for us!!
So out we rowed again… And found our way to the start where we Spotted Lynn Rewet The sun was shining it was really lovely to be rowing on the Thames surrounded by so many other boats and rowers many in fancy dress and team colours from all over Britain and abroad.
We all got off to a flying start Lynn Rewet were ahead for a time but Ouse Rewet made good time and caught them up there was a bit of friendly rivalry as we stayed quite close for a while then Ouse Rewet had a collision! And Lynn Rewet went ahead…Ouse Rewet soon caught up and steamed pass. Ouse Rewet went a fair distance ahead then lost sight of Lynn Rewet As the race went on through London it was fairly hard going and choppy on the bends but plenty to look at and many bridges (22 in all I think) so the time soon went.
We continued to make good progress and were quite pleased and surprised to be overtaking other boats!! at about the half way mark, Mark C wanted a row so swapped with me which cost us a bit of time but we soon got back into the Rhythm and continued to make good progress. After another hour of rowing the boredom started to set in so we started chanting and counting to chivvy ourselves along also at this point we were in the middle of a horrid storm with thunder and lightning right over head and driving rain. Then finally Scottie said we were nearing the finish line so we all had a final last surge of energy and went flying through the finish line to the sound of cannon!! which was really exciting!
Ouse Rewet finished at 3.16.29
And came in 220th Followed 11 minutes later by Lynn Rewet who finished at 3.27.09
And came in 258th
last year’s team finished in 3.32.39
And were 260th
So all in all a good result with Lynn Rewet beating last years’ time by 5 mins and two places And Ouse Rewet, smashing last year’s team by 16 mins and moving up 40 places !!!!!! After, some of us went for a drink in the big disco tent but were too worn out to stay for the prize giving.
Well done to all……and thank you to the towers Bob and Julian and really big thank you to Scottie for organising everything Ps the winning boat was a St Ayles Skiff that finished in 2.32.52!!!!!
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.
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!).
See our calendar for more details: Taster session
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.