TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2015

 ATTENTION

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2015.

  • Beginners
  • Improvers
  • Junior Week
  • Powerboat drivers
  • OODs
  • Oppie Sailors
  • Two handed boats
  • Punt sailing

All the details and application forms/contact details are either under the Training or Junior Tag.

SOCIAL SATURDAYS – dates and details are under the Sailing Tag

TUESDAY RACING – Again details under the Sailing Tag. Book the dates.

 

RS Feva for Sale

 

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RS FEVA FOR SALE

Must Be Sold – Any Reasonable Offer

Contact: Alan Wilson, Tel: 01603 624256, or Mobile 07714 569896

As a member of Aldeburgh Yacht Club(AYC), I purchased one of the retired AYC fleet of FEVAs (sail No. 206) in 2011, when AYC purchased a new FEVA fleet. The dinghies had been well used of course, but they had been professionally maintained, and suffered only wear and tear damage. AYC had very successfully added a stainless steel transom bar to overcome a weakness in the more open transom Feva of this period.

The Feva has been well maintained since then, and in fact has hardly been used since then, owing to a disabling defect to the owner’s shoulder which resulted in the cessation of helming.

RS FEVA has achieved huge sales worldwide; is great for young children and nimble adults alike. Easy to handle for beginners and a great challenge for the experienced sailor. The dinghy comes with asymmetric spinnaker gear and sails, Dacron Main and Jib, plus an older previous generation Main; and a launching trolley.

 

 

Racing Duty Rota for 2015 now available online

The dates for racing activities in 2015 at the Norfolk Punt Club have now been published and, as usual, we need lots of people to sign up to run the racing, man safety boats and run the tea hut.

If you are new to the club, signing up for the rota is a great way to find out more about the club and meet some of the more established members.

Please click below to go the web page and pick the dates you can help. The sooner you sign up, the easier it is to plan the season!

 

http://www.puntclub.co.uk/?page_id=115

 

Your Club Needs You!

Towing in is this Saturday 24th October.

We need plenty of people as there is lots to do. Towing in and cleaning the pontoons, packing up the dinghies, taking the mast done on the yeoman and moving it across to Cox’s ready for lifting out and recovering and cleaning the rescue boats.IMG_1313

Athene Cup

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Nine punts, four traditional and five hard chine punts raced for the Athene Cup and Blackbird Trophy on Saturday at Thurne Mouth.
Sailed in a light southwesterly wind they had to contend with a strong flood tide which tested the sailing skills of the whole fleet and provided some very close racing.
Three legs, down the Bure to Oby Mill, back up towards St Benets and a last leg up the Thurne towards Womack resulted in John Parker (Emperor Goose) taking line honours only 1 minute and ten seconds after 90 mins of racing, ahead of R. Redington (Redwing) who eventually finished third. John won the Blackbird Trophy whilst Ruth Owen (Gamecock) crewed by Mark Elson, won the Athene Cup on handicap, being only 3mins 10 secs behind John. Mike Griffin in his new punt Willow, now renamed Pipit, started very strongly and stormed into a commanding lead which he only lost when John Parker was able to fly his spinnaker. When Mike gets new sails in Pipet he will be really fast.
Bill and Alison came in 30 mins after John but on handicap came a creditable 5th with Rushlight coming 6th. The trophies were presented by Caroline Dixey while tea and cakes were enjoyed by all.
Thanks to all the helpers and we managed to get back to Barton before THE STORM. A great river race.

Barts Bash

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On the 21st of September 26 sailors took part from the Punt Club in the ‘Bart’s Bash race’. The race was sailed in very windy conditions (force 5). 19 of the starters made it home with John Atkinson winning the race in Bittern 27, ‘Boomer,’  2nd went to Ruth Owen, in punt 37 ‘Gamecock’ and 3rd Andrew Wilton, punt 82 ‘Merlin’.

Robin has some excellent pictures on his website.

We raised £190 on the day from donations and teas. Watch http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/ to see the results as they are accumulating. Thanks particularly to the Girlings and Friends for organising the event so well. The date for year 2 has already been set on 20 September 2015.

Broadland Youth Regatta

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21st Broadland Youth Regatta at Norfolk Punt Club

82 youth and junior sailors in 67 boats from seven Broadland Clubs took part in the 21st Broadland Youth Regatta on Barton Broad, hosted on behalf of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association by the Norfolk Punt Club, and sponsored by Harken, Clamcleat, Pilch, Marine Industrial, Jeckells, Cox’s Boat yard, Boats N Bits and Sailnorfolk, with the post racing BBQ meat being supplied by Richard Bray Butchers. All for races were sailed in a moderate to brisk westerly breeze. Top honours in the fleet racing went to Hugh Braidwood in the fast handicap start, sailing a Laser for BASC, Charlie Folkard in the slow handicap start sailing his laser radial for BASC, Joseph Drake in the Topper Class sailing for WOBYC and William Pank in the Optimist Class sailing for Norfolk Broads Yacht Club.

Close racing and keen competition in all four Classes – Angus Richardson (WOBYC) tied on points in the fast handicap, the tie broken in Hugh Braidwood’s favour on countback, similarly Joshua Means (HSC) tie with William Pank in the Optimists. The RYA Judge, Trevor Lewis, may have regretted urging competitors to protest at the briefing, in all there were seven hearings, however NPC’s expert event management delivered a totally successful, albeit long, one day regatta for the large turnout of keen youth sailors, parents and club coaches.

The interclub competition for the Centenary Salver was contested by six Clubs, and by the narrowest of margins Beccles Amateur Sailing Club, who have never won it before in spite of rallying large teams, were triumphant, with WOBYC and NBYC in second and third places.

Size isn’t everything: interestingly teams of eight boats (BASC and WOBYC) excelled, the largest NBYC numbered 15 boats, HSC fielded 14 boats, HBSC 13, NPC 8 and NSSA a single RS500. NSBA event organisers were pleased to note an increase in the number of two handed dinghies – 15, and that the two Norfolk Punts, helmed by Freddie Scott and Jack Drew-Leventon provided greatest spectator value, with dramatic fallings in and capsizes whilst racing close to the appreciative crowd on the pontoons.

The Whelpton Cup for the most successful double-handed boat was awarded to Billy Johnson crewed by Katie Davies in their Feva XL.

The Lady Mayhew Trophy for endeavour, applying the greatest effort in a spirit of sport determination and fun without necessarily achieving a winning position was awarded to Elske Wilton from the host Club, NPC in her Topper “Oink”.

Prizewinners were awarded their trophies and glassware momentos by Bryony Bennett-Lloyd, International 420 Ladies World Champion 2013, who said she was inspired to raise her game in competitive dinghy racing at the 2006 Broadland Youth Regatta. Bryony started in Toppers at HBSC and went on to reach the pinnacle of youth sailing representing Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Worlds and now plans an Olympic campaign in the Women’s Skiff, the 49er FX, looking towards the 2020 Tokyo Games. Her remarks were a remarkable inspiration to the young sailors and their support teams. Please watch this space.

White Boat for sale

For Sale

Yare and Bure 82 White Ermine

ready to sail, complete with road trailer and outboard bracket

laying in Cox`s, new mast 2014

£8500 ono

contact Drew on 01692 536251 – 07990885887

 

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Punt Open – 12th & 13th July

 

Just like so many Broads classes, the Norfolk Punt Class is kept alive by myriad dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate owners, who work tirelessly on their treasures, not just to keep them afloat but still winning! The combined age of the first 3 overall for the Punt Open at Norfolk Punt Club was 252 years! But more of that later… Frivolities kicked off in fine style Saturday with plenty of sunshine and a light NE breeze. Or at least it was until just before the start when it virtually died and swung round 180°! A very slow first round was mercifully followed by a very pleasant second when the sea breeze kicked in. The race was won by the veteran of the fleet (the boat, not the helm – allegedly), No. 19 Prawn, built by Walter Woods in 1918. Crewed by Bill and Alison Glover, who had her lovingly restored, she is very narrow and revelled in the light airs. Runner-up was Carolline Jarrold in 27 Rushlight and 3rd ‘Rev Nev’ Khambatta in 37 Gamecock, built respectively in 1930 and 1936. The wind was kinder in the second race which was taken by Mark Elson in his HardChine 49 Snark (a mere 57 years old!) from Rob Daniels in 35 Swallow 2 (also built 1936) and Rev Nev. The last race was taken decisively by Swallow 2, followed by Snark and Prawn. That left a very interesting overnight position of Swallow 2 leading both Snark and Prawn by only 1 point. It doesn’t come much tighter than that! All 3 races featured a long, broad reach virtually the length of the broad and it was fascinating watching the different ways each boat worked the leg to best advantage, with asymmetric boats having to reach-gybe the whole leg while symmetric and non-spinnaker boats tried various combinations of reaching and running. Sadly, Snark was unable to turn out Sunday so, as is often said in footie circles, it was all to play for! A gentle WSW greeted the fleet and Prawn took advantage of the port line bias to sail a stonking first leg, giving her enough of an early advantage to get 2nd place, beaten only by Swallow 2 who seemed to find every miracle lift on the course! Hardchine no. 54, Tern, sailed by Simon Jenner made her first appearance in the results by taking 3rd. That left Daniels still just one point ahead of Glover going into the last race. At this point and just in time for the last start, a certain Brian Wilkins appeared with 61 Shovellor (which he had been putting together the whole weekend), much to the amusement of all, who inevitably commented on his nationality (somewhere to the west of Liverpool). They were laughing on the other side of their faces when he took both line honours and 1st place! Sadly for Prawn, the wind blew up a bit, which doesn’t favour her. Swallow 2 was only 9 seconds behind Shovellor on corrected, to take second place and the beautiful Ardea Trophy for the event, with Prawn just 4 points behind and Gamecock 3rd overall. It was no surprise that, with such light winds when the fast-planing designs could not exploit their potential, the older boats would do well. However, it was wonderful seeing such a diverse mix of traditional and modern head-to-head, proof positive that the punt class is very much alive and kicking!