A successful if soggy launch for Lynn Réwet

Bob Panrucker gives the sermon for the day: Some essential do's and don't's for Lynn's waters
Bob Panrucker gives the sermon for the day: Some essential do’s and don’t’s for Lynn’s waters

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.

Henry Bellingham (speaking) and Colin Manning both enthused about our project and gave great support

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.

Lynn Réwet was blessed by the Deputy Mayoress with a bottle of ‘Worth-the-Wait’ a local brew

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!

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Blakeney CRABs were very welcomed guests on our day and showed us their experience on the water

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!