British Bronze Medallist rower Steve Rowbotham tries out the John Short flatner at the Somerset River Festival

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British Bronze Medallist rower Steve Rowbotham tries out the John Short flatner at the Parrett River Festival

British Olympic Bronze Medallist rower Steve Rowbotham tries out the John Short flatner at the Parrett River Festival

Watchet Boat Museum curator John Nash took the new John Short flatner based on the traditional Combwich boat to the Somerset River Festival a few days ago for its first public outing, and British Olympic Bronze Medallist rower Steve Rowbotham took it for a spin.

Steve seems to have approved of the little boat. ‘Obviously she’s a little wider than I am used to but the flatner is an extremely stable and maneuverable boat that would be fun for everyone,’ he commented.

Curator John has sent me plans for the Short flatner for review in a future post. What’s more, he tells me it is to feature in a series of short television films – I’ll also report on this developments at some point.

See two earlier posts relating to the Short flatner and Watchet Boat Museum
The Short flatner is launched
Don’t miss Watchet Boat Museum

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