We were out rowing around the Kamper Kogge for the start of the Hanse Festival yesterday. It really was a lot of fun and the waterfront was as busy as I have ever seen it. Here are a few pictures from the day.
On probably the rainiest Saturday morning this year so far, we launched the pristine Lynn Réwet into the muddy and choppy tidal water of the River Great Ouse from the public slipway in King’s Lynn.
A marvellous turn-out, considering the forecast, included the great and good of Lynn – Henry Bellingham MP and King’s Lynn Deputy Mayor, Colin Manning, and his wife, Julie who ceremoniously launched the Lynn Réwet. The turnout was better than we could have wished and everyone was complimentary and impressed with what we had achieved. Many people expressing a real interest in the club which we are hoping translates over time to more members.
Our friends and neighbours, CRABs from Blakeney, came along with their St Ayles skiffs and other fine boats to share the day and support the event.
Speaking at the event, KLCRC Chairman Bob Panrucker thanked all the local people who came out to support the event, especially considering the weather. Colin Manning spoke of the value to King’s Lynn of utilising and regenerating of the waterfront, and Henry Bellingham recognised the work that had gone into reviving a part of King’s Lynn’s maritime tradition.
The perfectly (sic) timed squall didn’t halt the proceedings, nor deter the dignitaries – and Lynn Réwet was blessed by the Deputy Mayoress with a bottle of ‘Worth-the-Wait’; a local brew thought apposite!
On the water, one of the best parts of the day was the support we received from the Coastal Rowing Club Blakeney and West Norfolk Rowing Club; they made the whole thing a real event by bringing their boats with them and taking part in the row-past. Another was the reception we got from the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club who allowed us to use their clubhouse to entertain later on.
Our overall impression was of many congratulations on a job well done, support from very many quarters and the very real possibility of building a club that resurrects rowing as a major attraction and pastime to the river Great Ouse in Kings Lynn. In addition to this, all the people involved in the project so far have had a huge amount of fun and are really looking forward to more … bring it on, I say!
We’ve reached a very special stage in our project and it’s time to concentrate on being a rowing club.
So, the Lynn Réwet has taken to the water for the first time, at Saddlebow; the Relief Channel, off the River Great Ouse.
We’re proud to announce the launching of the Lynn Réwet, our first St Ayles Skiff.
After a year of building and preparation, KLCRC’s first boat is ready to take to the River Great Ouse
Saturday April 11th 2015 | 9AM – 3PM
Come and watch our first boat, Lynn 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 from 10am or the Crown & Mitre pub.
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
High Water is at 11:22am
9am: Arrive Common Staithe Slipway, Kings Lynn
Trailers may be parked in the Conservancy Board compound (opposite the office, by their flagpole); this has been reserved for our use. I am currently trying to reserve a number of parking spaces and will keep you informed.
10am: All boats launched by now, provisional launch order:
- Safety boat
- Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
- WNRC scull
- Lynn Rewet
All stem tide until signal; at signal all row upriver to fishing boats (just past new pontoons, then return to slipway). People will be watching from the waterfront, the OASC and Crown and Mitre balconies.
11:30: All boats hauled out by now, provisional order:
- WNRC scull
- Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
- Lynn Rewet
- Safety boat
Put all boats (on their trailers) in trailer park
12:00 Retire to OASC for celebrations.
Please note the safety rules (these I will keep updated):
- Please make sure your boat has an anchor and throwing rope(s), you will probably find a length of rope useful for launching as most people lower trailers by rope rather than put the vehicles on the steep, slippery slipway.
- All crew must wear personal buoyancy and adequate clothing (note the slipway will be cleaned, it may well be a bit muddy)
- All boats must be contactable (either by VHF or Mobile Phone); all numbers and call signs given to Bob Panrucker minimum 1 week before event(this is a Conservancy Board requirement)
- Watch out for the KL Ferry adjacent the OASC Clubhouse – he has right of way!
- Be aware there will be a considerable flood tide sweeping you up the river. Do not leave starting your turns too late; I suggest you start to turn at the new pontoons on the East bank. It is very easy to get swept into the mooring buoys upriver of the fishing boats.
- Although the scull will be faster that the St Ayles, I suspect she may struggle to turn as easily, so please give her plenty of water.
- IRPCS (Collision Regs) – We will come under ‘small vessels or sailing vessels’
- A vessel proceeding along a narrow channel must keep to starboard.
- Small vessels or sailing vessels must not impede (larger) vessels which can navigate only within a narrow channel.
- Ships must not cross a channel if to do so would impede another vessel which can navigate only within that channel.”
John Lorking (KL Harbourmaster) will have issued a ‘Notice to Mariners’ beforehand to warn shipping of our antics.[/tw-toggle]
On a bleak November Sunday, KLCRC members visited North Norfolk and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sharing some time on the water with the fine folk of the CRABlakeney – The Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney
Scotty, Ben and Jon (from KLCRC) went for their first row in Hoi Larntan under the care and expert tutelage of Tom and Alan. We all came away glowing and enthused.
Many thanks to Antonia and All at Blakeney for opening up and offering advice.
With little ceremony but great pleasure, KLRC’s first boat was turned in front of the local press. We’re pleased with how it looks, and move on to the next phase – and much cleaning of Glue Squeeze.
The Sea Cadets are also holding another ‘Race Night’, contact us if you want come or become an ‘owner’ or ‘jockey in absentia (£4 to be an owner, £16 back if you win, £2 to a jockey, £8 back if you win). The bar will also be open on the night. The last one was good fun.
If you would like to know more about boat building in Kings Lynn 100 years ago. On Saturday, April 20th, at 7:30pm, the Baden Powell restoration team are having the first of 2 evenings featuring music by ‘Marshlander’, with a bar and food and extracts from a 1975 BBC recording with Bill Worfolk at the Sea Cadet building on South Quay. More about the Worfolks here Contact Tim Clayton on 01553 772329 or use our contact form.