Launching the Lynn Réwet 11th April

We’re proud to announce the launching of the Lynn Réwet, our first St Ayles Skiff.

After a year of building and preparation, KLCRC’s first boat is ready to take to the River Great Ouse


Saturday April 11th 2015 | 9AM – 3PM


The Slipway, Common Staithe Quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk


vector-rewet-400Come and watch our first boat, Lynn Réwet, being launched into the River Great Ouse, at the public slipway in the carpark behind the Corn Exchange, Tuesday Marketplace, Kings Lynn.

The antics may also be viewed from the river balconies of the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club in Ferry Lane where the bar will be open from 10am or the Crown & Mitre pub.

We are also expecting boats from Blakeney and Denver to join us on the water for a ‘row-past’.

An invitation to join the Club, and get involved in building, launching and racing St Ayles skiffs in Norfolk and beyond. Find out more: KLCRC Membership

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High Water is at 11:22am

 9am:      Arrive Common Staithe Slipway, Kings Lynn

Trailers may be parked in the Conservancy Board compound (opposite the office, by their flagpole); this has been reserved for our use. I am currently trying to reserve a number of parking spaces and will keep you informed.

 10am:    All boats launched by now, provisional launch order:

  1. Safety boat
  2. Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
  3. WNRC scull
  4. Lynn Rewet

All stem tide until signal; at signal all row upriver to fishing boats (just past new pontoons, then return to slipway). People will be watching from the waterfront, the OASC and Crown and Mitre balconies.

 11:30:    All boats hauled out by now, provisional order:

  1. WNRC scull
  2. Hoy Larntan, Bluejacket
  3. Lynn Rewet
  4. Safety boat

Put all boats (on their trailers) in trailer park

 12:00     Retire to OASC for celebrations.

Please note the safety rules (these I will keep updated):

  • Please make sure your boat has an anchor and throwing rope(s), you will probably find a length of rope useful for launching as most people lower trailers by rope rather than put the vehicles on the steep, slippery slipway.
  • All crew must wear personal buoyancy and adequate clothing (note the slipway will be cleaned, it may well be a bit muddy)
  • All boats must be contactable (either by VHF or Mobile Phone); all numbers and call signs given to Bob Panrucker minimum 1 week before event(this is a Conservancy Board requirement)
  • Watch out for the KL Ferry adjacent the OASC Clubhouse – he has right of way!
  • Be aware there will be a considerable flood tide sweeping you up the river. Do not leave starting your turns too late; I suggest you start to turn at the new pontoons on the East bank. It is very easy to get swept into the mooring buoys upriver of the fishing boats.
  • Although the scull will be faster that the St Ayles, I suspect she may struggle to turn as easily, so please give her plenty of water.
  • IRPCS (Collision Regs) – We will come under  ‘small vessels or sailing vessels’

9.Narrow Channels

  • A vessel proceeding along a narrow channel must keep to starboard.
  • Small vessels or sailing vessels must not impede (larger) vessels which can navigate only within a narrow channel.
  • Ships must not cross a channel if to do so would impede another vessel which can navigate only within that channel.”

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