Summer Rowing 2019
Joint Convenors: Sally & Peter Norfolk and Gus Riley
Our Planned 2019 Schedule
|Spring Day-time Rowing - Fridays; April, 10:00 to 12:00.|
|Summer Evening Rowing Fridays; May to August, 19:00 to 21:00.|
|Autumn Day-time Rowing Fridays; September, October, November, 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: Normally, we have 3 whalers (5 or 6 crew) available, plus a number of 2-man canoes - so we can have up to 18 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 (and in the sidebar on the right); 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.|
|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 the summer 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.|
|Are you a Dipper or a Puller? When we have enough rowers for more than one boat, we will separate the crews into 'Dippers' and 'Pullers'...|
|'Dippers' want to row gently and enjoy being afloat, plus new rowers learning the ropes.|
|'Pullers' want a bit more of a workout, have rowing experience and aim to row further.|
|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.|
|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 08 June 2019
08 June from Convenor Sally
We took out one boat last night.(Friday 07 June) Most folk took one look at the weather and kept away, and we were dubious, but we had a beautiful evening.
The river was calm, the wind dropped and the sun shone. We saw a Kingfisher, a Barn Owl close by, a Heron, and heard a Cuckoo and a Bullfinch.
It didn’t start raining until we got home. It was worth the effort! Optimism rules!! - (Wellllll. Most of the time, says your editor)
04 May from Convenor Sally
Common sense prevailed last evening - and we cancelled the outing. It doesn't happen often and it won't put us off. We hope to see a full turnout next Friday, as we will have 3 whalers available. If you are a new recruit, please drop a note - via the Bird - so that we are not overwhelmed. Thanks.
25 April- from editor Terry
We have now tidied up the reference documents, produced by Gus, and shown in the sidebar. They are still in DRAFT form - and we welcome any comments and/or aditional information.
There is an extra copy of the graphic of the Trinity 500. It is well worth getting familiar with it, if you are a new member of the Group. Remember, just "click" on any photo to see it "full screen"
22 April - from Convenor Gus
Michelle was kind enough to share the photograph below, which was taken just before our 8 rowers set off last Friday.
We took 2 whalers and rowed short-handed - 3 rowers, plus cox'n, in each boat, with one person double oaring. We went up river to the pump house on a beautiful spring day. The river was busier than usual with a number of powered craft passing us, and many of their crews seemed to appreciate our "Easter Bonnets", as did those relaxing at the Waveney House Hotel.
A lovely start to the Easter weekend.
|The Easter Parade|
We had a good group out last Friday, 05 April - 2 whalers and 2 canoes pulled up to the Pump House on a fine morning. We aim to continue as normal for April ...weather permitting.
Gus has been especially busy, preparing a comprehensive series of documents to help us all to enjoy ourselves fully - and SAFELY! See them in the sidebar!
Have a great summer's rowing.
03 April - A busy start - but one whaler out of action
We had a great turnout - with 20 people appearing - for our first meeting. However, as we were without one of the whalers - due to severe leakage into the twin-skin hull - we struggled to cope and only got 18 on the water. So, in spite of everyone's best endeavours, we regret we had to disappoint some members.
Thanks for your support - it is good to see there is still a lot of enthusiasm for the Rowing Group. We appear to be suffering from our success!
|A great day out||And the canoe came too||View of Sandy's Retreat|