Dartmouth Blades Rowing Club Invitation to Zaznaks to Row River Dart
St Ayles for the First Time in Bristol Docks
Asher and Judah Wood and Directors Paul Barton and Richard Wood spent an amazing hour rowing the Bristol Docks in Bristol's first St Ayles, the beautiful "Edward C". Steve Evans of the Bristol group (All Aboard Watersports) introduced us to several of his team. John and the boat-builders gave us an in-depth look at the current build and offered us their stem jig. Later, out on the water, Gerry gave us some excellent coaching.
The sun was out and we had our first taste of just how good these boats are to row! We look forward to further connection and competition with our Bristol compatriots.
Zaznak have been invited to send teams for coaching and experience of coastal rowing on the River Dart Estuary. The Dartmouth Blades Rowing Club, who mainly row 17' Seine Boats (4 rowers and a cox) are also building their first St Ayles this year.
The Wood family met with club captain Mark Peters in mid-February, who gave some great coaching in rowing and coxing in a Sunday morning row of seven Seine boats in the estuary mouth.
Who's next for Saturday afternoon coaching with Mark in the early Spring?
Zaznak have purchased three small rowing skiffs from the Pitchcroft Boating Station which is sadly closed after many years of service to the city of Worcester. Owner John Morris and daughter Jaquie are, however, delighted that the boats are coming to a good home at Top Barn Farm with Zaznak. The boats will used as an interim river trainer whilst the St Ayles are in build before being refurbished as Junior river trainers.
The inaugural meeting of the Zaznaks was attended by 27 prospective members on Thurs 12th February 2015. This meeting established the boat-building and rowing club intentions and collected a core group of willing hands ranging in age from 10 to 70. The Top Barn community supported the event marvellously with the Activity Centre loaning of the lake view room and Top Barn Farm Harvest Shop supplying the superb cheeses!
Pitchcroft Boating Station Rowing Boats Purchased
First Zaznak Meeting over Cheese and Wine
Getting Ready to Build!
Well here they are! Zaznak's first two St Ayles the "Zan Denise" and "Oll Zant"!
Not as beautiful as the finished product, honestly. The kits are now on site at Top Barn. We are working to complete the workshop extension by mid-March before we start our first build, the "Zan Denise" which we hope will be ready for the summer.
Awards for All Funding!
As you may have read in the local press, our £9997 of A4A funding has now been announced along with news of our project. Read the news here.
Workshop and Frame Ready to Go (at Last)
After much hard work on the part of Good Soil volunteers, the workshop is at last ready for the St Ayles build. The workshop is still in refurbishment around the build, but should be fully lighted and winter-proofed by mid-October (just in time for the winter).
The build frame and moulds have been prepared and the additional timber specially milled at Fairmitre (Little Witley). The build is now formally ready to go.
Better late than never! The build is now about 3 months behind schedule. Volunteers are being sought to expand the working team.