Returning from a break of over 100 years, with the weather Gods smiling, the Hanse Regatta provided colour, excitement, noise and atmosphere for everyone who attended. The overall club winners were Blakeney, but the results don’t reflect the sheer tenacity and competition that all the teams put in from start to finish of all 3 races. The whole of South Quay was shouting and cheering their teams home! Here are the official results but please have a look at the videos and photos of the day. I think everyone is looking forward to next year’s; So pencil out the 3rd weekend in May 2019 (Hanse Day).
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.
All went to plan… The boat performed as did the weather.
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:
Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
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:
Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
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]
I am delighted to tell you that the National Lottery has agreed to our application and has given us the funds to buy the kits and other materials we need to make the two St Ayles Skiffs. I make no apology for reposting this video as it gives a good impression of what these boats would look like once built, racing in the Great Ouse. I hope to see you at the launch evenings?
After a year of planning and research we are finally ready to launch our club. If you are interested, come to one of our 2 ‘Launch evenings’ to be held at the Crown and Mitre PH, Ferry Street, Kings Lynn, PE30 1LJ. Monday April 7th and Thursday April 10th at 7:00pm . We now have the funds, skills and logistics in place to build and get our first boat on the water this year. So if you have or want boat building or boat rowing skills, why don’t you come along and find out why there are now 80 St Ayles skiffs in build in the UK and 50 more worldwide. If you cannot make either of these dates but want to know more, just use the contact/join us tab above.