Punt Open – 11th & 12th July

Eight Punt Club members and one visitor from Hickling arrived at Barton on Saturday to a warm sunny day and a reasonable breeze swinging 90 degrees from NW to SW. By the third race the wind had swung to the East. On Sunday the weather was less kind. Colder, cloudier with the wind back to a shifty south westerly direction and variable speeds. The rain arrived later.

Every race had a different course to make life more interesting for the sailors.

The first race on Saturday saw Matthew and Freddie Scott in Woodpecker, sporting new sails get clean away to finish first on handicap followed by Simon Lomas Clarke and Rob Daniels in Swallow two. Bill and Alison Glover in the slower Prawn were third.

The second and third races saw Swallow two winning from Prawn and Woodpecker.

Sunday saw several capsizes in the more testing conditions. Swallow two continued to dominate winning race one from Woodpecker, joint third was shared by Neville and Val Khambatta in Gamecock and Brian Wilkins and crew in Shoveller.

The final race again saw Swallow two win from Woodpecker with Ben Sawyer and Tim Edmunds in Rhode Island Red Third after a weekend of fighting their spinnaker.


Overall the trophy was presented to Swallow two for a very convincing performance.

Second was Woodpecker and third Gamecock.

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Bittern Open 28th June

A small fleet of Bitterns lined up at the Norfolk Punt Club on Barton Broad with a south westerly wind varying in both speed and direction. In the first race the pace went from slow to fast and back to slow, John Atkinson scoring a convincing win. In persistent rain and light winds the second race belonged to John Ellis who came in two minutes ahead of anyone else. Later in the day the sky brightened and the wind rose. Bruce Thompson set off at a cracking pace, only to be baulked by a hire cruiser at the top mark which relegated him to the back of the fleet, from which he could not recover. John Atkinson capitalised on the confusion to secure the win and hence the trophy with John Ellis getting the runner’s-up prize.


Cruiser Open 13/14 June

13 crusers entered for the Cruiser Open at the Norfolk Punt Club this weekend. The weather was not ideal with rain and relatively light winds on Saturday followed by the eventual abandonment through total lack of wind, apart from the odd tormenting breaths, on Sunday.
The fleet was split 6/7 into two fleets. Depending where you were on the Broad the wind was either northerly or westerly! challenging the OOD to find a decent beat. Eventually with an Ant mouth start to Neatishead we managed two good beats, one to the west and the other, up the Broad to the North.
In the first race Mike Barnes was persuaded by his crew to take off for the top of the Broad before realising he had to go round the Neatishead mark first, an error which cost him dear, no thanks to the relatively light winds resulting in a short race to accommodate the slower fleet.
Chris Pank failed to dip the line in front of the fleet, and lost time returning to start and then proceeded to live dangerously, sailing outside the channel into shallow water and getting away with it!
Tom Moore in Pirate, made full use of their errors winning the first race, but only by one second in front of Anthony Landamore in Matilda, on corrected time. Glynn Howarth coming in third in Beth.
In the second race, Mike Barnes made up for his previous error, winning by a handsome margin and lifting the Achievement trophy ahead of Matilda and Colin Chettlebrugh in Breeze.
Tom Moore took the White Horse trophy followed by Madie, and Steve Seeney in Mischief and Glynn Howarth in Beth equal third. Tom Moore also took the Barton Broad Challenge cup ahead of Mischief and Beth.
Race 1       1 Tom Moore                   Pirate
                   2 Anthony Landamore    Matilda
                   3 Steve Seeney              Mischief
Race 2        1 Mike Barnes                Madie
                    2 Tom Moore                 Pirate
                   3= Steve Seeney            Mischief
                   3= Glynn Howarth          Beth
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NPC at the Three Rivers

Norfolk Punt Club. 3 Rivers Race Team for 

Cancer Research UK in memory of Mark Sawyer.

Dear all,
A very special day (and night for some) and The Norfolk Punt Club at it’s very best.


Thank you so very much to all the boats and crew who took part. A splendid achievement. Read their notes, attached, to see how they all got on.
Also thank you to all the fund raisers, bucket shakers and very vocal supporters at all the available viewing points all along the course. Mightily appreciated.
And thank you to all friends and families who have supported the Team NPC in whatever way they could.
For a flavour of the day, see Robin Myerscough’s photos at http://www.myerscoughpictures.org.uk/sailing/threerivers2015/index.html

£3650.00 raised so far for Cancer Research UK with money still coming in.

The justgiving page is still open if you would like to donate.

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Aviva Community Fund

The Norfolk Punt Club is attempting to gain funding from the Aviva community fund.

In obtain funding, the club needs to win enough votes from the general public, and this is where the club needs your help….

Go to  https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/2395 and register and allocate your votes to the club. Then tell all your family and friends to do the same.

Our thanks to Liz C, without who the club would never have made it onto the shortlist of eligible projects.


Wayfarer for sale

Wayfarer 5696 ‘Monkey Business’ for sale.
Mark II Wayfarer in very good condition. Centre-mained with roller-furling headsail system, 16:1 kicker back to the transom, slab-reefing, self-bailers, Cunningham and Highfield lever. Choice of headsail sheeting points on the front seats or gunwhale. Floorboards are sound and painted with non-slip deck paint last year. Rear seats removed as they’re just a nuisance but are included. Main, jib and genoa from North Sails from 2002; still have good enough shape to win the odd race. Includes combination trailer and overboom cover. All just cleaned, checked over and ready to sail.
Contact Ian Thompson on 01493 701601 or ian.r.thompson@talk21.com

Broads Outdoor Festival

The Norfolk Punt club are again participating in various prominent local and national events in May.

First on the 10th May

Go Wild at Barton

We are again displaying at Go Wild at Barton to show what we do to the many visitors who attend the event.


Then on the next weekend  (the 16th) we are again using our first social Saturday as an opportunity for non members to try sailing and to come and see the club. All for free. We are publicising these here;

The Broads Outdoor Festival


RYA – Push the Boat Out



Please tell all your friends about the above as the above events proved very fruitful for members joining last year.






  • 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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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.