Cockleshell Challenge

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.

Given the opportunity, we will be back next year!

 

Denver Sluice to The Ship Brandon Creek 31/3/18

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.

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Wroxham Broad

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.

Alison

Plank 4

After a bit of a lull due to holidays and illness, we are back at it and plank 4 is the best fit yet. We have found the best way is to prep the boat; lands, gains and bevels then scarf both plank joints. The essential point is the final, accurate dry fit (as per this picture) with all clamps in place. We then mark precise positioning marks so that we do not have to ‘jiggle’ the planks when the glue is wet … we’ll be quite good at this by the time we finish!

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