A week to go until the official Maiden Voyage, and we’re longing to have a couple of sea trial sessions to become accustomed to the handling.
Force 5 to 7 and up to 8 today though, so no launches.
We DID fit the stretchers to the floors, so rowing will become much easier. Racing starts here we come.
Meantime, our Listed Building restoration team have been busy withe mantra of ‘Let there be light’ and have reglazed three of the windows now, shutters still to refix. What a difference! When you enter the place it’s looking far more shipshape – a coat of paint on the walls worked wonders, some daylight works more.
I have to say, with all the fittings now attached, the late evening sun streaming in, the Pride of Aln really is a boat to take some pride in. All the many people who had a hand in building her really do have something to take pride in, and the comments from passers by suggests that our community is equally proud and pleased to see her, and see the Lifeboat House with a boat once more.
Well, its built, it floats, the paint and varnish are dry, and she is in her new home on Alnmouth Beach.
Time for the Maiden Voyage, so here we go. Click to enlarge.
Yes – finally, the Great Day arrived
Four men in a boat, plus one woman
Today we placed Pride of Aln in the sea off Alnmouth beach and set off to Holland. After 50 yards, Dave mentioned that he had secreted a bottle of whiskey in the wine cellar. so we stopped, anchored, and toasted the boat, each other, the weather, the sea, and Alnmouth.
Then we forgot Holland and rowed back
Crew for the event were
Bow – Simon
two – Richard
three – Rhoda
Stroke – Dave
Cox – Charles
Some photos were taken, to prove it happened.
Saturday February 21st 2015.
Pride of Aln comes home.
It’s been a long time coming, but here she is, all complete, arriving at the Old LifeBoat house on Alnmouth beach, her new home for at least the next 5 years. Rather fitting to be bringing back a rowing boat to the same building that housed a winning design of lifeboat in 1853.
Mark Lediard produced a great video of the Launch. Here it is
A big day in the life of a boat, when your keel, stem, and stern posts are all bonded into place.
Such a big event that it was recorded by the local newspaper sending along a photographer to record events
There was quite a gathering for the big day. Press, Friends, other skiffy groups all came along to see what the inside would look like after months of sitting on the moulds and adding planks.
And the answer is – well, see for yourself.
Huge cheers, and small tots of whisky available for the last strake going on (traditionally known as the whisky plank)
Phew! It feels like a long time, but at a mere 2 hours a week until lately, it was always going to be a few weeks of elapsed time before we see results.
Onward and upward!
Keel, stem and stermposts, then we turno ver and see what’s inside..