Lowestoft First Light Festival

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.

Our (very welcoming and generous) hosts were the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club and the maker-and-shaker, Mick Hart.

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)

Author: Bob Panrucker

"If you believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats!"

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