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!!
We now have a permanent trophy cabinet in the Ouse Booze (Ferry Lane Social Club) It’s locked so our past and future treasures are safe.
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!
Mark, Gordon, Keith, Bob and John in the workshop today. We glued the last plank on the Skiff, general maintenance on trailer and workshop + more than a little banter. Next Monday evening sees us continuing to build the new set of light oars. We are also going to move a Skiff to Wells and we are currently assembling the materials to make sure it is secure there.
See the calendar but, this year is warming up with the Lowestoft First Light Festival, our own Hanse Regatta, the Heritage Open Day and no doubt away days to Blakeney and other regattas. We are also trying to build a youth section; talk to Andrew, Catherine or Debbie if you are interested.
The AGM minutes and Hanse Festival (outline) plans are now in the Members Only area
Mick Hart has asked us to repeat the Lowestoft First Light Festival again; Let Bob know if you are interested:
We now have the timber to start building our set of light oars; first session next Tuesday (11th Feb), 6pm at the workshop
On the 29th January Bob and I attended the Hanse committee meeting and that evening Bob chaired our Regatta planning committee meeting, it’s looking good for 2020 with clubs coming from Essex and beyond to take part in a leg of the Nelson Cup. There is only 3.5 months before the regatta, it’s suggested we start some training sessions on the river and Ed would like to take some photographs of both skiffs on the river for our publicity.
If you are interested in being a crew member for the regatta please can you let William know along with times and dates when you would be available for some practice rowing on the river.