This afternoon (26/4) Scottie and I went over to Wells Next the Sea to check up on Ouse Rewet. And I am glad to report that she is doing well and taking the social distancing very seriously. I kept 2 meters away at all times and told her that we are all missing her and hope to soon be reunited and back out on the water. She is enjoying the sunshine and looks forward to welcoming us back aboard!!!!
After a lot of discussion and plenty of studying of plans we measured up and cut down the first of our new lighter oars. It was quite time consuming and at times confusing, but the result is the beginnings of a very neat slender set of oars. A lot thinner and a very different shape from the present set. We got the first one done tonight and now that we know what we’re doing the rest should be quicker and easier.
With Will, Mark, Scottie and Carol in the boat and myself walking with my dog (due a shoulder injury) we headed off into the wind from the slipway out along the channel and up to the lifeboat station. It was very interesting walking the route listening and chatting to people along the way and witnessing their reactions to seeing our lovely boat bobbing along the channel, all very positive. I arrived at the beach just in time to join them for a cuppa and a chat. We saw both life boats being launched which was a treat. As it was very windy and with only 3 rowers it was decided not to go out any further but to head back. It was nice for me to see the boat in action from the shore for a change it looked very impressive especially in the wind with a moody sky and no other boats around. When sitting in the boat rowing it feels quite big and strong but from the shore it looked quite the opposite. I arrived back at the slipway as the rowers did and we pulled her out and went up and settled Ouse Rewet into her new summer holiday home by the sailing club. All in all another very pleasant morning by the sea.
We spent a pleasant couple of hours at the workshop and have now ‘regularised’ the planks. Which involved passing each one through Bobs wood thicknesser several times until they were just the right size and smooth on all sides. It was a bit tricky due to the space and very messy!! But we are a determined lot and got all five done and managed to clear up several bags of sawdust which I believe is being recycled on Keith’s compost heap. Thank you to Bob who came along on his Birthday, much appreciated. P.s. As you can see from the photos we even had a forensic scientist on site!!
And so we begin, with a team of 5 led by Bob we’ve made a great start. After some discussion as to the best way to get going, one very large heavy plank has been been neatly sawn into five more manageable pieces which over the next couple of months will turn into a beautiful light set of oars!
Unfortunately we only had four people come forward for the Carrow Cup So I have cancelled.
Sunday 24th Nov
We arrived at Hickling Broad bright and early.
The slip way was easily accessible and there was plenty of free parking. The boat was soon in the water and we set off through a narrow channel with moored up boats all around. We had some paddles so Mark and myself paddled us out onto the broad. We set off across the broad and decided to head for the old Abbey and drinking hole which we’d visited earlier in the year. However we got a bit disoriented and after a an hour or so realised it was much further away than we had anticipated so reaching Potter Heigham we decided to stop for tea break. On the way Some of us who hadn’t coxed much before took the opportunity to get in some practice on the calm waters. After usual tea and snacks and with Scottie as cox we set off back to base which took hour and a half . We saw lots of fishermen out on the water, along with some cormorants grebes and many many swans..(and randomly a friend of Wills in the middle of nowhere)
It was a long row almost 3 hours and 8.6 miles.
Getting the boat out was quick and easy as the slipway has a fixed winch. Afterward we recovered with a beer and soup at the Pleasureboat Inn! A most enjoyable trip out.
A 9am start on a lovely clear morning.
We (Keith Mark Alison Scottie and Will) set off out of the harbour toward the beach. It was fairly calm and we’d made good progress so we decided to carry on along the beach to see a family of seals who were lazing on the beach. As we passed we half jokingly set ourselves the challenge of rowing out to the fairway buoy! We kept on going and going the swell was getting higher and the rowing harder but we pushed on and after a time we made it!! Feeling very proud of ourselves we set of back to the beach where we stopped for hot chocolate and a quick change of positions before rowing back to the slipway. I believe as a club we had once before rowed right the way out, but for some in the boat it was a first and although very tiring we were all glad to have made the effort, rowing back we saw quite a few seals and some very large sea birds. Well worth the effort.