Up Aln Creek with many paddles 22 Aug 2020
The Club's Lesbury Picnic recreates a Victorian tradition in Alnmouth and
has now become a regular RABC fixture.
Small craft of many types depart from the launching ramp on a Saturday afternoon in summer, two hours before Spring high tide. Tenders, dinghies, canoes, kayaks, skiffs and paddle boards set off up the Aln with the rising tide, largely carried by the current. Motor boats depart a little later to collect stragglers.
Reaching Lesbury footbridge park in less than an hour we disembark with our
picnics and drinks . Some non-boaters join us there. After taking refreshment (it's thirsty work rowing) we then float gently back with the
This year was a record attendance with 58 people and 20 craft. The park had
enough space to enable distancing and we moored some craft on the opposite
bank. There was inevitably less picnic sharing, so we missed the competitive canapes of earlier years. It was a little breezy but the weather held and a good time was had by all.
HMS Ramsey visits Alnmouth 21.06.20
On this year's Summer Solstice HMS Ramsey visited Alnmouth to take on
The 53m Sandown class minehunter was returning from a NATO exercise in the Baltic where she removed historic ordnance from the depths off the coast of Estonia. After stopping for a training dive off Coquet Island she anchored in Alnmouth Bay.
RABC member Jane Spedding had arranged for Don Hall of Northumberland Street Food, Alnmouth to create a tasty menu of crab cakes, chicken dishes and seafood snacks as lunch for the crew of 40. Ramsey sent 2 men ashore in an inflatable, one of them her son, Lt Joe Spedding, HMS Ramsey's Operations Officer, to collect it.
Observing social distancing and watched by a crowd of locals, he and a colleague loaded the lunch in the dinghy and headed off to the ship which departed for Berwick, the captain's home town, before returning to their base at HMNB Clyde at Faslane on the Gare Loch.