New Wells rowing group can’t wait to get out and about on the water

Wells's Team Guella taking instruction from the Blakeney team in Blakeney's St Ayles Skiff. Wells's Team Guella taking instruction from the Blakeney team in Blakeney's St Ayles Skiff.

Monday, November 11, 2013
6:30 AM

In The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame sums up his own love of boating when Ratty tells Mole: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

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That is a passion clearly felt by 20 people in Wells who have just formed a new rowing club.

The adventurous group has bought two St Ayles Skiffs in kit form and is planning to build the boats themselves with support from Wells-based boatbuilder James Case.

The plan is to encourage youth and young adults in and around Wells to try coastal rowing and to eventually enter Costal Rowing Association competitions.

The group is called Team Guella. Going back to 865AD, and included in the Domesday Book, guella is a Saxon word meaning well or spring and was the name given to a Danish settlement where Wells now stands.

They have started fundraising to pay for the work that needs to be done and hope one of the boats will be ready by late spring.

Graham Polson, from Team Guella, said: “It takes up to 800 hours to build one boat but it should be fun.

“The St Ayles Skiffs are popular in Scotland but there are not too many in England. They are becoming more popular here.”

He added: “It is a nice community project and a good way of bringing people together. Team Guella is

open to men and women, anyone

is welcome.” The team had taster sessions in a St Ayles Skiff, owned

by Blakeney Coastal Rowing Club, at the Wells Harbour Day in the summer.

Team Guella meets regularly to plan fundraising events and discuss progress.

If anyone can help by supplying tools, or has old doors (for work benches), tables or chairs, the team would appreciate the donation and can collect.

For more information contact Paula Baldry on 01328 711818, email paula.baldry@tiscali.co.uk, Susan Polson on 01328 820743, email slpolson@hotmail.co.uk or visit http://teamguella.wordpress.com

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