Regatta

It looks like the regatta is on for next year, so book out the 16th & 17th May 2020. I got a lot of (unexpected) interest when I attended the SECRF meeting last month. It will probably be the same format as 2019 but with 2 laps of a shorter course. Boats (crews) will be on a first come; first served basis, so tell me if you are interested.

Hanse Regatta 2019

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Breakfast at Scolt Head

We set off from Brancaster at 7am on a big tide which was flowing our way. The sun was out and the marshes looked stunning but slightly disorientating with the high water. Scottie and Will took turns coxing. We had 3 rowers which didn’t pose any problems we were soon whizzing round the creeks and seemed to get to Scolt Head fairly swiftly. The tide was very fast flowing so we pulled the boat up out of the flow and found a nice sheltered spot to cook up breakfast. We fried up sausages eggs and mushrooms and served them up with plenty of hot tea. It was truly beautiful and very relaxing.

After breakfast we realised that the tide had turned and was flowing extremely fast so we set off for Overy.  After a couple of false starts and with a very soggy Will we rowed like Trojans to get back to the harbour.

We set off back to Brancaster to pick up the cars and have a coffee at the crab hut. We all agreed the early start had been well worthwhile and definitely worth repeating.

Alison

A club outing on the Baden Powell

Visit the Baden Powell website here: http://floatourboat.co.uk/ and the Trip Advisor entry here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g315936-d17378017-Reviews-Baden_Powell_Cockler_Boat_Trips-King_s_Lynn_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html

On 30th June I had the pleasure of skippered the Baden Powell out of King’s Lynn loaded to the gunwales with club members. The weather was superb with a brisk westerly allowing us to tear out of ‘Lynn to view a couple of dozen seals basking at the entrance to the Great Ouse. We had ‘Lynn’s Festival 2 to play us out of the town and the Cherry Sand coaster entering the docks; and a strange women on a kayak waving at us. All made for an interesting trip. It was a lovely, slightly exciting sail with full mainsail and stay-sail (I chicken out of trying the Jib). All (who wanted to) having a go at the helm.

We tacked just past Vinegar Middle to return but the skipper made a pig’s ear of it (not pulling the sheet full in before tacking) and the main sheet block decided to jump out of its bindings, effectively leaving us unable to tighten or loosen the mainsail. After sailing back up the river until past all the buoys I was able to point her into the wind and Pawel (attached to the jack stay with a safety line) and BP’s crew were able to drop the main and allow us to motor back.

All back safe and sound we retired for some light refreshment at Marriott’s Warehouse and devour Gina’s birthday cake (courtesy of Sandra).

We all had a really good time with several wanting to repeat it. I have undertaken to try and book another as there are several people who missed out on this trip (as it was first come, first served).

My personal thanks go to the 3 Baden Powell staff, we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you.

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)