A club outing on the Baden Powell

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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)

Hanse Regatta 2019

On the 11th and 12th May we held our second Hanse Regatta. Once again, it was well received and the people who came had a great time. The addition of more social-oriented activities was very popular. I’m told the Ouse Booze has now restocked their beer after the Burnham on Crouch’s lot emptied their cellar; have a look at some of the smiles below! The results are at the end.

The Overy Strokers

Our Corn Shovel Race was very popular with participants and spectators alike, especially with more than a little cheating and general skulduggery going on! I was particularly impressed by the pirate (albeit sans parrot!), and the adjudicator (me) found the beer of excellent quality all round; so additional points were awarded for these things!

Results (Saturday)

Results (Sunday)

Wells to Blakeney row

On 19th June we joined several other craft and took part in an ‘adventure row’ from Wells to Blakeney organised by the Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney (CRAB). The weather couldn’t have been better! The first half followed the creek through the marsh from Wells; along East Fleet then under a VERY low iron bridge joined Stonemeal creek then Cabbage creek and out into the  main Blakeney Harbour and Point. Here we were surrounded by curious seals all the way to a lunch stop at the Old Lifeboat Station. For the last half, we followed the river Glaven up to Blakeney itself. After hauling the boats out we sat in the sun with a cup of tea and bacon butties, chewing the cud!

Our thanks to the CRAB for inviting us; you can see lots of video and photos by following this link on their site: Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney

Finally; they intend repeating the excursion on 1st September, so put the date in your diary.

Cockleshell Challenge

Perfect weather; beautiful location; a warm welcome and a great day’s racing. Our deepest thanks to the Eastney Cruising Association for making us really welcome to their event (we are deeply envious of your magnificent clubhouse and facilities!). The 3 races held on the Saturday left us quite exhausted but ready for the evening’s BBQ and excellent beer. (The chilli burgers made Julian gasp a bit but the huge sea bass caught 2 hours earlier was magnificent!) To cap it all; we came away with the ECA Commodore’s Challenge Trophy!

Julian, Nat, Jon and Del pulled like Trojans to take the last race (I’m not sure I added a lot, shouting from the Cox’s seat) and we all learnt a lot about competing against a variety of different boats.

We didn’t make the Sunday race as some wanted to see Portsmouth docks and I didn’t want to be dragging the boat around the M25 later in the day; If more people come next year (possibly both skiffs?) we may be able to do both days.

Given the opportunity, we will be back next year!


King’s Lynn Hanse Regatta 2018

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).


Denver Sluice to The Ship Brandon Creek 31/3/18

We ( Scottie Myself Jon Nat Keith + a small passenger Liam) left the Sluice at 10.15 and got off to a good start. It was a long row against the current but we didn’t stop we kept on rowing and rowing after 1 hour 45 mins we thought we had the end in sight…But soon realised WE DIDN’T!!! Which was a real dissapointed to say the least. It was nice and dry but getting colder, then, after another 15 mins we finally saw the pub and gave a little cheer, the final time was 2hrs and 4 mins non stop we were all fairly Knackered but it was good to see our team mates on the mooring waiting to greet us.
After a lovely lunch and a warm up we waved goodbye to Keith, Jon, Nat and Nathan and team two ( Scottie, me Jim Mark Catherine and our Guest Shaun set off back to Denver and it was chucking it down!! But with the current in our favour we made very good time and got back to the sluice in 1 hour 16mins and the sun did come out for a little while. The route was 10.5 Kl each way which is 6.5 miles. We all agreed it was a good row and one to be repeated.

The Norfolk BrOARds

So what happens when a business analyst, a councillor and a postie decide to row an ocean together?

We don’t know either, but in 2019 we’re going to find out!

Three members of the King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club decided to do just that. Helen Hogan, Sandra Squire & Kate Palmer have entered the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge under the team name of “The Norfolk brOARds“.

Billed as “The World’s Toughest Row”, the 3000 mile race will take them from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua. The three ladies will experience everything from huge waves, tropical storms, sleep deprivation, salt sores and blisters in a rowing boat seven metres long and under two metres wide. More people have climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.

So what makes three Norfolk ladies decide to take on such an extreme challenge? Getting a definitive answer is difficult, Sandra, the designated team skipper, is not unused to signing up for extreme challenges, she is due to join the GREAT Britain yacht for the final leg of this years Clipper Round The World Yacht Race in June, explains – “we all share the same attitude to life really; that life is short and precious and that we should make the absolute most of every opportunity we’re given. We want to prove that ordinary people can do amazing, extraordinary things, that anything is possible.”

Incredibly, the trio only joined the King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club last year. Chairman Bob Panrucker says “These three rowers make their club proud and a real inspiration to anyone who has ever thought ‘I wonder if I could’ or ‘I wish I’d…’ ”

It is said that getting to the start line is the hardest part of the race, as the requirements for entrants are very stringent. An ocean rowing boat can cost upwards of £60,000 alone with total race costs estimated at over £100,000, which the trio are expecting to raise through sponsorship. The team believe they are the first team to enter the race from Norfolk, so are hoping to use it as an opportunity to promote Norfolk to a global audience of over 80 million people. The ladies are offering adventurous companies the chance to get involved and support their campaign by providing sponsorship in exchange for various promotional opportunities with the team.

The trio will also be using their challenge to raise money for charity, but are not in a position to announce which their chosen charities will be at the moment.

To launch their campaign to the start line and beyond and to celebrate International Women’s Day, the ladies will be holding their first Facebook Live session on Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm. They will be introducing themselves, talking about the race ahead and their reasons for signing up. Questions are invited and can be emailed in advance to: or sent through the link on their Facebook page: @Norfolkbroards.

Notes to Editors:

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an annual race that attracts teams from all over the world. Further race information available at:

Once teams cross the start line, they are entirely self sufficient for the duration of the crossing, although there are two Atlantic Campaigns support yachts that follow the race fleet in case of emergency.

Teams must all complete certain mandatory training requirements on such topics as ocean rowing, navigation, first aid, sea survival etc.

Teams must carry enough food onboard for 90 days, although the current race record for a ladies trio team is 60 days, 18 hours & 34 mins. (2017 race record – Atlantic Ladies)

Helen Hogan is a Business Analyst

Sandra Squire is a Borough & County Councillor

Kate Palmer is a Postie with Royal Mail


Facebook & Twitter: @Norfolkbroards


Sandra Squire: 07817 160725

Helen Hogan: 07967 828529

Kate Palmer: 07876 215666

Bob Panrucker: 07803 164883