15th July COVID 19 update

Hi All

As we start to come out of lockdown and some of the restrictions are lifted we can start to look again at rowing. Unfortunately none of us on the committee are experts in coronavirus and therefore it is difficult to make a call as to when and how we start rowing again. British Rowing have a comprehensive booklet on their website https://www.britishrowing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/200629-Coronavirus-Advice-Returning-to-Rowing-v4.pdf, an extract from which is below:

As of 4 July, the Government’s advice on social distancing has been updated from a strict two metres, to two metres or ‘1m plus’ which is one metre plus mitigations. Each club’s decision should be made on their own risk assessment, however, British Rowing would strongly advise a cautious approach to reintroducing rowing in crew boats. At this stage, our strong advice would be for no crew boat rowing. This is based on the detail of the Government guidance, consideration of all other available information and advice from our GB Rowing Team medical team. The Government’s ‘1m plus’ rule is designed for activities that cannot take place at two metres whereas rowing is possible in singles (and other boats for single households). The ‘1m plus’ rule also only allows for a 1 metre distance where other mitigations are in place. Examples of these mitigations include sitting back to back (not possible in a rowing boat) and wearing face masks (this may not be practical whilst rowing as the mask may become moist from breath, sweat making it harder to breathe).

Whilst they advise against crew boats for now this organisation is largely focussed on competitive river type rowing boats (4s and 8s etc), some of the mitigating factors mentioned could be implemented in St Ayles skiffs, particularly if the boat is rowed without a full crew e.g. sitting offset to the side and with cox and stroke wearing face coverings. The attached image shows how 2m distancing can be maintained with a crew of 3.

We therefore propose that we resume rowing with a maximum crew of 3 seated as per the attached diagram and that the following advice from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is followed:

SCRA Guidance for when rowing resumes:
• Do not attempt to go rowing if you feel unwell, or have any symptoms consistent with Covid 19, or are supposed to be shielding, regardless of whether this may result in a row being cancelled.
• Consider safe management of those requiring assistance to get in / out of boats and whether this is possible within current advice and personnel.
• Use your own, clean equipment (water bottles, clothing, VHFs etc). If borrowed or club equipment is used (life jackets, seat cushions etc) this must be thoroughly cleaned between crews. We recommend members use their own life jackets where possible
(It is the soap and thorough scrubbing and then rinsing that helps to disable and remove any virus, and it does not matter if the water is hot or cold. Washing-up liquid is as good as soap for removing the virus. The soapy water should also help remove any virus from your hands at the same time).
• Be mindful of any contact areas on the boat such as gunwales, seats, tillers, including rope tillers, etc and ensure these are wiped for each new crew.
• Wash your hands before and after rowing. If you wear gloves, ensure your gloves are clean each time.
• Follow Scottish Government advice with regard to face coverings. The face covering is to protect others, not the wearer. We suggest the cox and stroke wear a mask as they will be facing, optional for others
• The Test and Protect contact-tracing app, may necessitate personal mobile phones being carried. (People signed up to this app receive a text alert on their phone, notifying them if they have been in contact with a person subsequently testing positive for Covid 19). However, be mindful that mobile signal may be absent in some areas. We will keep a record of crews to enable tracing
• Be more cautious than normal. You want to reduce the chances of others being called out to assist you until all support services are fully up and running.
• Wash down the boats and oars with soapy water and/or disinfectant after the outing, paying particular attention to the parts which you know you have touched. We have left washing materials with the skiff in Wells
• Wash / wipe down your kit when you get home, including your gloves. Wash your hands after your activity, and before you engage in other activity.
• Further consideration will be necessary for those with club houses or undertaking boat building and routine maintenance.
As previously stated none of us are experts and much of the advice is open to interpretation and common sense. Ultimately individual members will need to decide what they are happy to do and when. We are very much open to suggestions for how we can adapt and ensure everyone’s safety.

We ran a trial of the above on Saturday, 12th July, using the skiff at Wells. This was successful and it was surprisingly easy rowing the skiff with two oarspeople even against an incoming Wells tide

I hope to see you all soon

Best Regards, Will


Resumption of rowing: almost; but not quite

I thought we could start again when this came out: https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/return-to-boating-update.aspx

But if you read the small print: “…Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times. “

New Chairman

Following the vote last week I am very honoured to pick up the helm as Club Chairman. I also want to thank Julian and Gina for their considerable contributions to the Club over the last few years. I would welcome everyone’s feedback and suggestions for how they would like to see the Club develop when activities are allowed to resume. We would also welcome any new members who fancy getting on the water with us in the future, please do get in touch.

Unfortunately the Clubs activities continue to be paused due to the coronavirus and I hope our members, followers and their families are keeping safe. Hopefully it won’t be long until we are back on the water. Attached is a picture from 5th May 2019 when we had both skiffs on the water at Brancaster Staithe



First Light Festival Canceled

Good Evening Everyone,

I understand (from Ireland) that it has been announced that the FIRST LIGHT Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. It is hoped to it will run instead in 2021.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and, in the meantime, keep safe, keep rowing and we’ll keep in touch (metaphorically of course!)

Best Wishes



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!!!!



Oars Part 3

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.



Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Evening All,
Its your friendly KLCRC Safety Officer.
Now obviously you’ve all heard whats going on in the world regarding this latest pandemic and lots of conflicting advise about, for the most up to date advice visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response .
The current position I’m proposing is at the moment is not to suspend rowing as the risk of infection is quite low (one good thing about north norfolk its slower to react to the rest of the country) .
Now should you feel this is the wrong approach. That is totally acceptable.
We do not enforce you to participate in any club activities so don’t feel like, this is your choice of which as always will be respected.
I suppose what I am proposing is as for now is to carry on if you wish, as we are all big boys and girls and can make our own choices, although I would expect members to contact the other members of the crews they have had contact with out of courtesy should there be any change in their health.

As this situation progresses and should certain parameters change obviously this position will differ.

Please stay safe and enjoy your rowing.

Final request could members please check their vehicles and rowing belongings as a life jacket seems to be missing and at roughly £70 for a replacement its a expensive cost to the club but not as costly as a members life.

As a constant reminder please wear life jackets at all times in or nearby the water.
All you members are exceptionally important as we don’t have many!!!

Please take care and don’t panic!
“Don’t worry, Be happy”- Bobby McFerrin 1988



Ouse Rewet at Wells for the summer

We have now moved Ouse Rewet to a site near the sailing club (many thanks to Mark Beck for allowing us space in his family’s field). She is well secured (as you can see) and if you require access email Will or Mark Culley who are the only key holders to the towing lock (and hence, the steel chain) at the moment.