King’s Lynn rowers brave elements to launch new boat

In Torrential Rain, the Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn on Saturday Morning. ANL-151204-174720009

In Torrential Rain, the Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn on Saturday Morning. ANL-151204-174720009

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Heavy rain did not stop scores of spectators watching as volunteers launched their new rowing boat.

Months of hard work for volunteers with Lynn Coastal Rowing Club paid off when the Réwet was christened during a mini regatta on Saturday morning.

Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn ANL-151204-174636009

Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn ANL-151204-174636009

Deputy mayoress Julie Manning had the pleasure of officially naming the boat by pouring a bottle of Worth The Wait beer over the bow.

An estimated 50 to 100 people turned up to watch as the Réwet, along with five other boats, made their way down the Ouse.

One of the people behind the project is Bob Panrucker, who is hoping to re-launch the town’s rowing regatta.

Mr Panrucker said: “It was superb. The one thing we couldn’t control was the one thing which let us down – the weather.

Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn'Borough Deputy Mayoress julie Manning launches the Skiff, also in pic Deputy Mayor Colin Manning and Henry Bellingham ANL-151204-174625009

Launch by Lynn Coastal Rowing Club of the St Ayles Skiff, King's Lynn'Borough Deputy Mayoress julie Manning launches the Skiff, also in pic Deputy Mayor Colin Manning and Henry Bellingham ANL-151204-174625009

“The whole idea of doing this in Lynn has got a big boost in support and trying to get a regatta has moved on a step.”

The Réwet was joined on the water by three boats from Blakeney Crabs and one from the West Norfolk Rowing Club, which is based in Denver.

The boats were launched in Common Staithe Quay and made their way down to the fishing boats at Boal Quay.

The event was followed by a social gathering in the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club.

Mr Panrucker said: “The Réwet was perfect.

“We had a tremendous atmosphere.”

Following on from the launch, the Réwet was back in the water again on Sunday as more people wanted to try her out.

The club is hoping to attract more members, of all ages, to its ranks.

A free rowing taster session is being held on the water at Saddlebow on Saturday, April 18, from 10am to 3pm.

Work will soon start on building a second boat.

For more information go to www.klcrc.club/