Beccles

Fun Rowing

Joint Convenors: Sally & Peter Norfolk and Gus Riley

Our Plans for 2020

Winter 2019 If we see a “weather window” we can go out at short notice! Register if interested.
2020 Planned Timetable This varies with the weather and amount of evening light; the aim is:
• March & April – Friday forenoon - 10:00 to 12:00.
• May to August – Friday evening - 19:00 to 21:00.
• September & October – Friday forenoon - 10:00 to 12:00.
Venue: TS Brave, Sea Cadet Unit, Fen Lane, Beccles. (Opp Travis Perkins).
Cost: For each session, we each make a £3 contribution to the Sea Cadet funds.

Organisation & Membership

Numbers: We have 2 whalers (5 or 6 crew) available, plus a number of 2-man canoes - so we can have up to 12 rowers plus 8 other members in canoes, on the water at a time.
Our Boats: Have a look at the diagram of the Trinity 500 below; that's the boat we use - and it is the modern version of the traditional naval "whaler".
Just click on the diagram to enlarge it.
T500 Layout and Parts
Our "Whaler"
Applications: We are happy to receive applications from new members. Just use the "BIRD" to get in touch.
Attendance: All registered members are free to attend as often as they like. Come when you can; don't bother to let us know in advance; turn up 10 minutes early; and let's enjoy some time on the water.
Experience and Fitness: NO previous experience is required and NO great level of fitness is needed either - though you do need to be reasonably agile to climb down into the boats, using short ladders and then to maintain your balance on board.
We hope we can cope with anything, so long as YOU are able to give it a go; can count up to FOUR; and bring your sense of humour.
What do we get up to? See below for occasional reports and photos of our current activities.
We also retain some earlier photos; to see any picture as a full screen image, just click on it.

Safety

Our Rowing Group is not a dangerous activity, but please read the notes in the sidebar, so that you are aware of (A) the potential hazards that do exist, and (B) our plans to minimise them.
We need YOU to help US to keep EVERYONE safe.

LATEST NEWS FROM YOUR CONVENORS Most recent update 23 November

23 November Message from Convenor Sally ...

On Friday 22 November, with two boats of keen and warmly dressed rowers, we set off and the rain fell. (See photo from Michelle, yesterday.) We got soaked but kept going in true hardy style, and then the sun shone, eventually drying us off. We watched a Cormorant and admired the seven cygnets, now almost white.
It was a good pull upstream against the tide then an easier gentle row back in good time to get to the Royal Oak for our group end of year celebration. We enjoyed hot chocolate and delicious pizza and a quiz organised by Gus. (Thanks again to Michelle for the photo of the meal in progress.)
Well done and a Happy Christmas to all Fun Rowers.

End of Summer Rowing
A friendly celebration!

22 November Message from Convenor Peter...

Just a very quick report to share the conditions this morning. It DID improve and we had a great forenoon on the water. Many thanks to Michelle for the photo. (And for organising lunch!)

MOIST
What a lovely day to go rowing

18 November Message from Convenor Sally ...

Over the last few weeks, we have had a few stalwarts "enjoying!" some lovely Friday forenoons out on the water - often with the River Waveney all to ourselves (+/- an occasional kingfisher).

BUT the cold is setting in and a brisk North-Easter last week really brought an edge to proceedings. The concensus is that Friday coming - i.e. 22 November - will be our last scheduled outing for the season.

Obviously, - if we can forecast a good bright, clear and calm(ish!) day - we can notify any interested parties and give it a go. Do, please, let me know if you want to receive a call at short notice.

NOW, the team is keen to mark the "end of term" with a treat. After - or instead of - Friday's outing, we plan to adjourn to the "Royal Oak" in Ravensmere, at 12:30, for a Pizza Lunch and a QUIZ by Gus. Cost, for two courses, is likely to be around £16 /17 per person, depending on the final menu choices. Drinks extra - to be paid for individually, please.

If you would like to join us - whether or not you have been rowing, - PLEASE let me know ASAP so that we can confirm numbers to The Royal Oak.

Thanks for your support over the summer - and we all hope to see you again on Friday 22 November.

Best wishes, Sally, Peter and Gus.

18 September Message and photos from Convenor Peter ...

YES! It was a really lovely day out and I hope these photos bring back some memories for all those who joined the expedition to the foreign waters. The weather made it just about perfect!

See you all soon, Regards, Peter.

PS Remember, you just need to "click" on a photo to see it full size, and then you can use the Left and Right arrow heads to step through the "Gallery"!

Outney Meadow 1 Outney Meadow 2 Outney Meadow 3
Ready for the "OFF" No, we don't race All is calm

16 September Message from Convenor Sally

We had a beautiful morning on Friday 13th for our outing to (and from!) Outney Meadow...it couldn’t have been better. Fourteen members came, some wearing black and white to echo the cattle(!).

We had 4 three seaters and 1 two seater Canadian canoes. We were given buoyancy aids and a paddle and off we went. The reflections and colours were lovely. Some canoes stopped and linked together to share a mid-morning snack, others found a place to get out....

The whole trip took 3 hours; a marvellous day out.

03 September Message from Convenors Sally & Peter

Ahoy everyone,

Just a reminder that we are now into daytime rowing. We’ll try to get away by 10.00am each week so meet, as usual, in good time to prepare the whalers for our use.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Cheers, Sally and Peter

AND here are some photographic reminders of the Summer 2019 season. Many thanks to our "Happy Snappers!"

26 July from Convenor Sally_

The pictures below were taken by Ed and John. Many thanks for keeping us supplied with such great reminders of some splendid evenings on the river.

Crew in the Setting Sun Leaving the Pump House
Breaktime at the Pump House A Glorious Sunset
Canoe in the trees Family gathering All is Calm
Capturing the Crocodile! Family Spectators Landing the Crocodile!

22 April - from Convenor Gus

Michelle was kind enough to share the photograph below, A lovely start to the Easter weekend.

Easter Bonnets - before the start
The Easter Parade
Leaving the cut Even the canoe got an outing Sandy
A great day out And the canoe came too Sandy's Retreat

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.

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