So you’ve been beguiled by tales of sun, sea, sand and seals? Tales of new skiffs appearing along the coast has you intrigued, and after seeing our lovely skiff you volunteered to come and try old-fashioned rowing on the sea.
Here’s what to expect.
We are based at the old LifeBoat House on Alnmouth beach. As you enter Alnmouth, take the first left past the roundabout onto The Wynd, and first left again to drop down across the golf course. the 2 buildings you see are both lifeboat houses. We are in the larger of the two.
At your first session, we will run over the boat and the names of things, safety equipment, and launch and recovery procedures.
Like the lifeboat men of old, we launch from the beach, so we are very careful to stay safe, and provide instruction to new members. Of necessity though, we must push the boat out until it floats and we can climb aboard. This will involve getting wet, up to the knees at least, and maybe a bit wetter if there are any waves coming in. Bring some spare clothes, and wear clothes you don’t mind being soaked in sea water. Likewise with footwear. Old trainers maybe, or sandals, but not flip flops (they can flop when you don’t want them to.) something windproof but light is often a good idea too, even in good weather it can feel cold on the sea, and a thin fleece type layer unless it’s that week of summer.
Everything else will be on board. We provide self-inflating lifejackets, we carry marine VHF radio and flares – all we need is the crew.
If you want to find out more about what’s happening in the next few weeks, then drop an email request to admin (at ) alnmouthrowing.org. If you leave a phone number too, someone should be getting right back to you.
See you soon