KLCRC was invited to take part in a celebration to watch the summer solstice sunrise in the most Easterly part of the UK, Lowestoft. We were asked if we might be willing to deliver a ceremonial load of fish to the beach at dawn on 23rd June…. at 4 o’clock in the morning!!!!
Always up for trying something different and interesting, of course we said yes and prayed for clement weather.
We arrived on Saturday and the RN&SYC used their superb small crane to lift our boats into the marina for the night.
We had a trial row in the afternoon which was quite choppy from the Marina down to the festival and back, then retired, tired and excited to various drinking and eating establishments; some (not all) had the wherewithal to get an early night!
Up at pre-dawn, we rowed to the beach, accompanied by Skylark and Stellar Maris, ran the skiffs up the beach (in quite a surf) and formally handed over the 3 mackerel. The beach was very busy and our welcome was amazing. With assistance of some bystanders we managed to relaunch and return to Lowestoft harbour. The sea was quite wicked at this point and I am pleased to report the St Ayles superb design kept us safe all the way back. (There was some unseemly ‘whooping’ as we shot up and down some of the waves!)
Back for a mega full English (for the non-vegetarians!) after 40 winks.
In summary; an absolutely great event in which everyone involved had a great time. I think the highlight was rowing hard into a big sea, in fine weather with the rising solstice sun behind us… see the pictures below for an idea of the event.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to Mick Hart and the RN&SYC…. and a special mention to Kate Palmer for most of these brilliant photos; a hidden talent methinks! (I’ll add more as they come in)
On the 11th and 12th May we held our second Hanse Regatta. Once again, it was well received and the people who came had a great time. The addition of more social-oriented activities was very popular. I’m told the Ouse Booze has now restocked their beer after the Burnham on Crouch’s lot emptied their cellar; have a look at some of the smiles below! The results are at the end.
Our Corn Shovel Race was very popular with participants and spectators alike, especially with more than a little cheating and general skulduggery going on! I was particularly impressed by the pirate (albeit sans parrot!), and the adjudicator (me) found the beer of excellent quality all round; so additional points were awarded for these things!
Perfect weather; beautiful location; a warm welcome and a great day’s racing. Our deepest thanks to the Eastney Cruising Association for making us really welcome to their event (we are deeply envious of your magnificent clubhouse and facilities!). The 3 races held on the Saturday left us quite exhausted but ready for the evening’s BBQ and excellent beer. (The chilli burgers made Julian gasp a bit but the huge sea bass caught 2 hours earlier was magnificent!) To cap it all; we came away with the ECA Commodore’s Challenge Trophy!
Julian, Nat, Jon and Del pulled like Trojans to take the last race (I’m not sure I added a lot, shouting from the Cox’s seat) and we all learnt a lot about competing against a variety of different boats.
We didn’t make the Sunday race as some wanted to see Portsmouth docks and I didn’t want to be dragging the boat around the M25 later in the day; If more people come next year (possibly both skiffs?) we may be able to do both days.
We ( Scottie Myself Jon Nat Keith + a small passenger Liam) left the Sluice at 10.15 and got off to a good start. It was a long row against the current but we didn’t stop we kept on rowing and rowing after 1 hour 45 mins we thought we had the end in sight…But soon realised WE DIDN’T!!! Which was a real dissapointed to say the least. It was nice and dry but getting colder, then, after another 15 mins we finally saw the pub and gave a little cheer, the final time was 2hrs and 4 mins non stop we were all fairly Knackered but it was good to see our team mates on the mooring waiting to greet us.
After a lovely lunch and a warm up we waved goodbye to Keith, Jon, Nat and Nathan and team two ( Scottie, me Jim Mark Catherine and our Guest Shaun set off back to Denver and it was chucking it down!! But with the current in our favour we made very good time and got back to the sluice in 1 hour 16mins and the sun did come out for a little while. The route was 10.5 Kl each way which is 6.5 miles. We all agreed it was a good row and one to be repeated.
We all arrived in good time and met up at the car park for a quick cuppa before we launched. The car park and slip way were easy to find and use. We set off across Wroxham Broad and made our way down the River Bure to Salhouse Broad where we had a quick stop. Then we set off further along the Bure where we stopped for tea, coffee and a splendid selection of CAKES!! After putting the world to rights we all swapped seats and made our way back along the Bure to Wroxham Broad, we had a bit of a row around the edge then headed back to the car park. The Sun shon brightly throughout and after a pint and a bowl of soup at a local Inn we all agreed it was well worth the drive over.