Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Ice Cream Cruise

How do they do it? Once again the sun shone on the Norfolk Skiff Club monthly outing. This time the rendezvous was at Coldham Hall, Surlingham on the river Yare and the hardy perennials of the Norfolk rowing fraternity were joined by some fresh young blooms.

As usual the tide was out at Blakeney, so the CRAB St Ayles Skiff Hoi Larntan joined the flotilla manned and womanned by a crack crew, prepared, for once, to abandon the salty spume for the tranquility of the Broads.

Stalwart Jumping Jenny, crewed by Frances and Jeremy made the voyage from Brundall and the veteran Cherub, with matching crew made up the trio.

Thanks to the kindness of the members of Coldham Hall Sailing Club, two boats launched from the club slipway making a trip of oh 50 yards necessary before the lunch stop at Coldham Hall Tavern. However, we were not here only for the beer, so a little exploration of the river and Bargate Broad occupied the pre-lunch interval.

Selecting a long picnic bench in the pub garden and rejecting those with a tendency to list to port, 9 skiffers enjoyed lunch from Natalie's kitchen at the Tavern. Regaled with pork baguettes and Woodforde's bitter, the skiffers, once again, boarded their craft (with difficulty because of the low tide) and made their way up river. Beyond the acres of GRP with undignified names moored to the Brundall shore, the banks were densely clothed with trees in their spring foliage. Almost hidden on the southern bank is the entrance to Surlingham Broad.

With a sense that we were entering waters little frequented by today's trippers, the crews rowed on, which is why the chance encounter with a floating ice-cream seller came as a surprise.

But, this was an opportunity not to be missed and soon it was ice-creams all round. Now clutching ice-creams and rowing one handed the flotilla penetrated the remote and reedy Surlingham Broad, until we could go no further.

Then, back across Bargate Broad, with the rotting frames of long sunk wherries showing above the water, the two remaining boats returned to CHSC and the road home.

A grand day out, was the consensus view.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Three Cheers for King George l

Well it's not every day that I'm invited to row in an 18 strong crew, so the chance to row the Queen's Row Barge Gloriana in a re-enactment of George l arriving at Hampton Court was irresistible. Follow the link for a short slideshow of the event.

My next outing will probably feel like an anticlimax, but I can always wear the Gloriana shirt.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Getting ready for summer

Yesterday Bill, Dan and I rowed from Ely to Cambridge in glorious spring sunshine. Here's hoping that it will be boating weather from now until autumn.

I'll write more about this trip in a later post.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Provisional starting order for Bi-Centenary Carrow Cup

Subject to amendment by the race officials, here is the starting order for the Carrow Cup 2013.

Time Number Name Club Boat type
11:30:00 136 Raineach Norfolk Skiff Club Norwegian faering
4 mins.
11:34:00 137 Leigh Ho Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Skiff
1 min.
11:35:00 138 Widgeon Norfolk Skiff Club Double Skiff
1 min.
11:36:00 139 Hoi Larntan Coastal Rowing Assoc. Blakeney St Ayles Skiff
11:36:20 140 Spirit of Dunkirk Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Gig
11:36:40 141 Bembridge Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley
11:37:00 142 Renown Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanniningfield Skiff
11:37:20 143 Cherub Norfolk Skiff Club Thames double skiff
11:37:40 145 Proud Mary Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Gig
11:38:00 146 Dauntless Lower Thames Rowing Club
1 min.
11:39:00 147 Sallyport Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley
11:39:20 148 Sowenna Norfolk Gigs Cornish Pilot Gig
11:39:40 149 Phantom Norfolk Gigs Cornish Pilot Gig
11:40:00 150 Yole Norwich Rowing Club Yole (outrigged)

Friday, 6 December 2013

Wivenhoe enters Carrow Cup

Wivenhoe Gig Club has entered Audacity, their Harker's Yard 4 oared gig for the Carrow Cup. I hope they have better luck than last year, when a failure of their tow vehicle prevented them attending the event.
As far as I am aware this is the only Harker's Yard gig in the race and entries close in less than 24 hours.
I am expecting 15 traditional boats to muster at Pull's Ferry, Norwich for the Bi-centenary Carrow Cup. It will make a great spectacle, best viewed from Riverside Road.
A Harker's Yard gig, but not Audacity

Bi-Centenary Carrow Cup

One day to go for the final entries to the Carrow Cup 2013.
Latest entry is Jumping Jenny, at 14 feet the smallest boat in the race. Jumping Jenny will get a 4 minute head start on the next to start and a full 11 minutes more than the fastest boats to complete the course.

Jumping Jenny, rowed by Frances Warns and sporting blades painted in Norfolk Skiff Club colours.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Bi-Centenary Carrow Cup latest.

It's that time of the year again, fog, cold, Christmas shopping and, here in Norwich, the Carrow Cup. Now this is a special year, because in 1813 two four oared boats raced from Carrow to Whitlingham and back for a silver cup. I don't know what happened to the first Carrow Cup, but the replacement was produced in 1823 and it is this fine trophy, which will be competed for on the river Wensum  over the same course on Saturday 14th December.

In 2010 Norwich Rowing Club, which organises the event, extended the invitation to "traditional" boats and three assorted fixed seat rowing boats joined in with the fine quads, fours and doubles. In subsequent years traditional entries have increased and to celebrate the involvement of these boats and to support activity on the river within the city of Norwich, The Norwich Society and Wensum Riverside Partnership have donated another trophy, the Bi-Centenary Carrow Cup, for the fastest traditional boat to complete the course on handicap.

Entries close on Saturday 7th December, but there have already been entries from Lower Thames Rowing Club, Coastal Rowing Association of Blakeney, Langstone Cutters Rowing Club, Norfolk Skiff Club and two Norfolk based pilot gigs.

The best place to view the boats will be at Riverside Road, Norwich. 

This is the provisional starting order.

Club Boat name
NSC Raineach
LTRC Leigh Ho
NSC Widgeon
CRAB Hoi Larntan
LTRC Spirit of Dunkirk
LCRC Bembridge
LTRC Renown
NSC Cherub
LTRC Proud Mary
LTRC Dauntless
LCRC Sallyport
NGC Sowenna
NGC Phantom