Captain’s Blog- Ahoy there!

YBC would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of our members and supporters, new and old.
Here’s to a successful 2018 on and off the water.
See you on the river.


Congratulations Harriet Bradnock. Not only did you lead the ‘Never Raced Before Plus’ crew to victory in the Yare Cup, you successfully passed your senior membership test the following day. We wish all the best for your studies at Cambridge. Who knows, maybe we might see you in the blue boat someday. Good luck, and see you on the river.


A quick word from the vice-captain:

Firstly, thank you Anthony for asking me to be the Vice-Captain, and a big thank you to the committee, who have put their trust and faith in me to endorse my nomination.

I recognise the responsibilities that come with the role, and will do my best to represent the club in the manner that you expect, when playing other clubs, and at other events. Most importantly, I will do my best to represent you, the members, and to be available as often as possible to meet with you and to discuss any burning issues that you may have.

We all have our places in the whole picture, but a Captain has a special responsibility. This year’s captain, like nearly all her predecessors, has had a profound influence on her crew and has actively helped the rest of the club. I have no hesitation in congratulating Jane Budge on a job being well done. She has by quiet encouragement, commitment and sportsmanship, been an example worth following, and she has been a fine ambassador for our club.

Lastly, everybody at the club is an expert in some respect. You are versed, steeped in knowledge and experience. Together we can make a difference: we can’t do it without you. See you on the river.



It’s been a while!  However I think we’re all now shaking off the winter and looking forward to some good sculling in the spring and summer.

I should give a very special mention to the Paddy’s Runners – a hardy, committed, competitive bunch who race to Paddy’s and back in singles once a month throughout winter.  We had several members competing this season, with four in the top ten and some very creditable times.  If you’re interested in having a go next winter then contact me, Mark or David Wynne.

It’s good to see the refurbished Tony Roper back on the river, apparently running well but not yet tested in a race.

Now that the head race season is more or less finished, it would be good to take some crews to a couple of regattas through the summer.   Suggestions welcome, and I’ll shortly put out a system for sign-ups, but these are worth considering:

  • British Masters (Nottingham) – 10/11 June
  • St Ives – 17 June
  • St Neots – 22/23 July, and/or
  • Sudbury – 5 August
  • Gt Ouse Marathon – 3 September

Nick Cooper is currently away rowing a cruise ship round the world, but when he gets back he has offered to teach sweep oar rowing to anyone interested.  This is relatively easy for scullers to learn, and will provide a bit of variety.  Please let me know if you’re interested.

We’re going to trial a new Learn-to-Row course this year, with sessions starting on the first Sundays of April, June and August.  More details will be available soon, but all support to make these a success would be much appreciated.  Please publicise it with your friends, family, work colleagues, etc.



The Icy Row


Tuesday rowers on a golden day



Capsize Drill at Town Close

Everyone fell out/in, no one drowned or got injured and we all learned a lot about ourselves  and capsizing. Best of all the water was quite warm.

Thanks to Sue for organising it.


Well – here goes – the first blog I’ve ever written (what have I been doing with my life?!).

As this is the first such article on the website for quite a long while there may be an element of ‘catching up’.  I’ll do my best to keep it brief, I can guess what some of your concentration levels are like!  And to help keep this fresh I’ll invite Guest Bloggers to contribute from time to time.  Volunteers very welcome!

 We have the Carrow Cup coming up on 10 December.  It’s a fun event from Pulls Ferry to Broadland Boat Club, doesn’t need BR membership, and you even get to dress up if you want to.  We currently have a few boats entering, and there’s still time to put together more crews (4x or 2x), or please come along and support the crews. See how good (or not) their costumes are, and whether Nick has been persuaded by his crew to dress as a Christmas fairy (yes, really!). My daughter and Pete’s girlfriend ‘supported’ us from the Queen of Iceni pub on Riverside last year (ie I think they looked up from their drinks just as we rowed past!).
How’s your rowing kit looking?  Shabby?  Non-existent?  Been associating with something red in the wash?  Great news – Arthur has opened a kit order on the Godfrey’s website (see his separate page).  An opportunity to buy (among other things) the club’s official yellow top, suitable for racing and also high-viz (see below).  Ideal party-wear.  Put it on your Christmas list for late presents!  The more items we order, the lower the costs.
On to the more important subject of safety.  A couple of incidents recently highlighted the importance of being aware of risk out on the river and making sure you take all the right precautions.  The club’s safety guidelines document will shortly be made available on the website – please make sure you’re familiar with it.  Don’t be complacent!  Meantime some important points to remember:
  • Stick to the right side of the river and do not be tempted to cut corners.
  • Wear high visibility clothing, especially if in bow seat or single boat.
  • Wear warm layers in cooler weather – don’t risk getting cold.
  • Take spare dry clothes and a mobile phone in a drybag.
  • Hypothermia can affect anyone – don’t be complacent, make sure you know the symptoms and how to avoid and treat it.
  • Be aware of low light conditions – early mornings can be quite dark – and use appropriate lighting. Note that club boats should not be out in the dark.
And another thing … wellies (you didn’t expect that, did you?)!  Essential for getting larger boats in and out of the water at high tide.  Get the loose-fitting ones for easy kicking off.
And finally, I hope to see plenty of you at the Christmas dinner on Friday 3 December.  Many thanks to Jemma for organising it and us!

The rowing club on the island