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King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club launches

Bob Panrucker who is looking to start a Rowing Club in King's Lynn ENGANL00120130103105957

Bob Panrucker who is looking to start a Rowing Club in King's Lynn ENGANL00120130103105957

A club hoping to build and race coastal boats will finally launch thanks to a Lottery grant.

King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club has received a £6,500 grant from the Lottery to help pay for the costs of building two St Ayles skiffs, which will be raced on the Ouse.

The project is not only aimed to help regenerate Lynn’s waterfront but will also encourage youngsters to get involved with boat building. North Lynn’s Discovery Centre is also due to be involved.

One of the people behind the project, Bob Panrucker, is hoping to start work on the first boat later this month and to have it ready for the late summer.

He is now looking for people to help with putting the boat together and later race it.

Mr Panrucker said: “I am really excited about the project as it could be really good for the area.

“We want to engage with the youngsters so they can take away skills from this.”

The boats will be built at T S Vancouver, close to the new pontoons on the South Quay and visitors will be able to watch.

Each of the boats will require four rowers and one person to steer.

There are 80 skiffs in the UK, including two in Brancaster. These boats may form part of a display in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place later this year.

The club will hold launch evenings will be held on Monday, April 7, and Thursday, April 10, in The Crown and Mitre, Ferry Street, Lynn, from 7pm.

 

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