Photo competition

Norfolk Punt Club ~ 1926-2016

 

90th Birthday Photographic Competition

 

Our club is celebrating its 90th birthday with a number of special events this year:

Punt Pageant during Punt Open Weekend ~ 9th-10th July

Members Jubilee Weekend ~ 30th–31st July

The return of the August Regatta Barn Dance at Cox’s

And we look forward to many Sundays and Tuesday evenings of fine racing in beautiful surroundings and fair winds through the season.

We want to encourage members to capture and share treasured moments of our 90th year for posterity. So we are holding a photographic competition as part of the celebrations. The competition is open to all members – with a separate competition for juniors – and will develop a set of pictures for the club archive depicting and reflecting its 90th year.

 

How to enter the NPC 90th year photo competition

  1. Entries can be about any of the following and photographers are invited to make their own interpretation of these themes
  • sailing boats on Barton
  • punt club people on the Broads
  • Barton landscapes
  • wildlife on Barton.
  1. All members of the Norfolk Punt Club and their families can enter the competition.
  2. Entries must have been taken by the person entering the competition.
  3. Entries to be JPEG digital files, as large size as possible (camera setting fine, large or equivalent) and of a quality suitable for printing at A4 size.
  4. Entry fee £10 for up to 3 photographs (£5 for Juniors under 18s). Payment by cheque to NPC, by cash to NPC Secretary or by BACS adding Name-PhotoComp as the reference.
  5. Entries to be submitted by e-mail to the Hon. Secretary (secretary@puntclub.co.uk) by 10 October 2016 (a week after the last Sunday regular racing).

Entries will be judged by Robin Myerscough, Fan Tubbs and James Arthur (who are, consequently, not eligible to enter!). As well as the subject matter they will consider composition and ‘arty features’.

Results will be announced at the AGM and a selection of the best entries displayed at both the AGM and the Annual Dinner.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and highly commended for both member and junior competitions and will include a voucher for free tea and cake for whole of 2017 season (exc. Open events) and a magnum of fizz.

Photographers will retain the copyright to their images but the Norfolk Punt Club will retain the right to use entries in publicity and promotional literature with appropriate acknowledgement.

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First Sunday Sailing

Spring sunshine and a lively southerly breeze greeted over 70 punt club members for the first Sunday racing of the 2016 season. There were a number of new boats to welcome for their first racing particularly in the White boat fleet and Bart Sawyer’s racing warm up session was much appreciated by those who needed to get reacquainted with boat handling and practising their starting technique. 
The first series saw some close racing with Kath and Ian Mason in their white boat Cupido taking overall honours in the Allcomers  just a few seconds ahead of Paul Wilcox in his laser.,Conditions got slightly more challenging after lunch with some stronger and more shifty wind conditions for the 10 starters in the Allcomers A. Staying just behind Punt 37 Gamecock over the water Liz Chettleburgh in Zephyrus  established a commanding lead over the following fleet with Simon Daniels and Peter Robbins in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. James Mason won the Allcomers B and promptly celebrated by capsizing after crossing the finishing line. James claimed the water wasn’t cold and everyone seemed quite happy to take his word for it. 
Series 3 saw Ruth and James  win the Allcomers A in Gamecock but it was the White boat fleet with 10 starters that saw the most interesting race. Heading up the first beat to Neatishead, Phil Roberts in Herald Moth found himself well to leeward and heading for the east gap. After consulting with tactician Nick Dixey they took the chance and continued through the east gap while the rest of the fleet tacked up through the west gap. The clear air paid off handsomely and Phil established a large lead which he managed to hold onto throughout. 
After a well earned tea break enjoyed by all, the last Allcomers race saw 8 starters with Liz Chettleburgh in continued good form winning by a large margin.
With such good conditions and an excellent turnout with some close racing, it was a great start to the season.

Series 1:
Allcomers (6) 1 Cupido (K Mason), 2 Piiig (P Wilcox), 3 Silver Blue ( S Daniels)
Series 2 :
Allcomers B (2) 1 Naughty but nice ( J Mason)
Allcomers A (10) 1 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 2 Silver Blue ( S Daniels), 3 Small White ( P Robbins)
Series 3:
Yare and Bure OD (10) 1 Herald Moth ( Phil Roberts), 2 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 3 Small White ( P Robbins)
Allcomers (5) 1 Gamecock (R Owen), 2 Ali Baba ( B Sawyer), Piiig ( P Wilcox)
Allcomers (8) 1 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 2 Small White ( P Robbins), 3 Silver Blue ( S Daniels)
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Race Training

Sunday 1st May. Nervous about racing. Bart Sawyer will be offering some on the spot race training. BUT spaces will be very limited.
There is an opportunity to get some on the race training on the first Sunday of racing. Remember how to sail with warm up exercises on the water and debriefing after actual races. Blow away the cobwebs and get back into the grove. The Session will be run parallel to the first race then join racing for the rest of the day.
Catch the 10.30 tow out and ditch the winter blues.
Please RSVP to bart.sawyer6@gmail.com if you would like to join in, please include your boat type so we can have an idea of numbers.

NPC Powerboat Training, OOD Training

The Punt Club is running two courses for powerboat drivers, and a morning for OOD training

Powerboat Level 2, 23rd April
This is the minimum needed to be a safety boat driver on Sundays for racing. It is basically a one day assessment course (although it might be able to run into the Sunday if folk need a little extra time/help). Ian Mason will be running this and at the moment there will only be three places available.
Safetyboat Course, 17th April
This is for those who already have their L2 powerboat. This course really teaches you how to rescue all watercraft and people safely. Ideally all safety boat drivers should have this qualification. Neville Khambatta will be running this course and there are six places available.
I am afraid that we have to ask for £30 per course to cover logbooks, certificates, fuel etc. The Club’s finances at the moment (having replaced four pontoons) mean that everything needs to be self financing.
Please complete the attached form (which I hope you can actually complete online) and return either by email or post, asap.
OOD Training, 23rd April (am)
Running the racing on a Sunday is great fun and Kath Mason has agreed to help train anyone who would like to help in the OOD box on a Sunday. If you would like to join her please just let me know by email.

Rules evening

NPC Rules night flyer

Are the Racing Rules a mystery?

 Do you know the changes following the 2012 Olympics?

 Do you want to improve your racing results?

Then you need to go to

THE NPC RACING RULES NIGHT

And let multi-world-champion Mike Macnamara share his wisdom!

WHERE: Horning Sailing Club (by kind courtesy of HSC committee)

WHEN: Friday 1st April 2016: Doors open 18.30, start promptly at 19.00

The session will take 2-2.5 hours, including a short comfort break and there will be an informal gathering in the Swan afterwards.

All this for just £5 a head, including free light refreshments!

Places are limited so booking is essential.

To do so, please email Colin Chettleburgh colin@chetts.me.uk and :

EITHER pay your £5 by BACS: NPC Account number 40680966, Sort code 20-62-53 (Please put Rules and your surname as reference)

OR send a cheque to NPC Rules Night, 25 Damgate Lane Acle Norwich NR13 3DH

Contact is Colin Chettleburgh 01493 750462, colin@chetts.me.uk

WINDWARD BOAT!!!

Members Survey

Over 90 members responded to the request to complete a survey set up by the Committee. The large number and consistency of responses give the Committee some real focus to act on the areas asked in the survey. 

The attached presentation shows a summary of responses.
Members survey analysis

At the first Committee meeting following the survey, the Committee initially agreed that the following should happen;
to investigate options on improving the toilets, the kontiki, seating and shelter at the Punt Club and to consider how to fund any agreed improvements. It is likely that a mixture of specific fundraising, grant applications and future subscriptions will be utilised.
Some improvement work can be carried out without major cost during the winter working parties, but a longer term infrastructure and equipment replacement and funding plan will be prepared by the Committee and presented at the 2016 fitting out supper.

The Committee will also consider how to increase the sailing turnout from current members as well as ways to increase new members and will be looking to increase the number of social events throughout the year.

This was the preliminary outcome of the results of the survey – due to the number of useful comments from members, we will continue to analyse the results and act thereon. 

The club will also continue to feed back to the members on a regular basis through the website, newsletters and gatherings.

AGM & Laying up supper

It is the Norfolk Punt Club AGM this coming Saturday starting at 7pm at the Neatishead New Victory Hall. Please do attend to find out the latest developments at the club.
 
Immediately after the AGM is the ‘laying up supper’.
 
Details of both were included in the recent newsletter sent to members, but please contact secretary@puntclub.co.uk if you have any queries.