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!

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Bittern Open – Sunday 29th

Weather conditions today started with a sunny morning with a gentle westerly, which switched to a gentle easterly in a few seconds, which brought heavy rain for a while which desisted when the wind switched to a Force 4 from the north which built to 5-6 as the afternoon progressed, culminating in sunshine but no let up in wind strength. 
The Bitterns had their annual outing to Barton but the early rain put off a couple and only four boats attended. Their only race was an absorbing affair, though, and the stiff wind brought about the first rescue of the day when Golden Oldie was overwhelmed at a gybe mark and filled sufficiently for her race to be ended, fortunately without damage to boat or crew. The Bitterns unanimously decided to end their outing to Barton after this one race but were grateful to the club for our hospitality.
Three more races took place in the afternoon with Andrew Wilton revelling in being a big bloke in a Laser in a high wind; he won all three. Resistance came firstly from Mark Elson with two crew in Snark, then Rupert Wickham with brother Fred crewing their Wayfarer, and in the last race Tim Edmunds and Martin Mills in the club Vision. The unlucky Tim suffered a halyard failure in Rhode Island Red earlier in the day but a switch to the Vision only brought about a spinnaker jam which hauled them over.
OOD Nick Dixey, assisted by the Commodore, the energetic Helen McFadyen on all-day teas and the resolute Ian McFadyen frequently on rescue boat.

Race 1
Bitterns
1. Boomer, John Atkinson
2. Teal, Paul Tegerdine
3. Little Gem, Colin Burrow

Race 2
1. Vivance, Andrew Wilton
2. Snark, Mark Elson
3. Greyling, Alastair Drew

Race 3
1. Vivance, Andrew Wilton
2. Zhara, Rupert Wickham
3. Club Vision, Tim Edmunds

Race 4
1. Vivance, Andrew Wilton

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White Boat Open 21/22nd June 2014

Bunn retains trophy but a close call with Carrington.

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The Norfolk Punt Club (NPC) hosted their annual week-end event for the Consortium Cup together with a newly trophy donated by Ann Whelpton to be presented to the first boat overall from the host club.

There were 11 starters for all four races.   Saturday’s racing was a breezy but fickle wind, shifting NW – NE.   In the 12 o’clock Chris Bunn (Fox) took an early lead in front of Paul Carrington (Peacock) and Simon Daniels (Silver Blue) but Felicity Foulds (Copper Captain) fought hard to finish third behind the two leaders.

Before the second race, Bunn seemed to have trouble with his gaff and the sails not hoisted until the I minute bell but he was still first to the windward mark.   Cath Mason (Cupido), with local knowledge, tried the East gap by the island but it gave no advantage although Daniels also familiar with the Broad, used a good lift along the East shore to gain third place behind a repeat of the two dominant boats.

Sunday morning was too quiet for the 10.30 start and a postponement was followed by an uncertain North-easterly which hindered many on the line but Carrington used it to take an early lead.   Bunn and Foulds again worked their way through the fleet and, after a shortened course, finished second and third respectively but it was Carrington taking the honours and so throwing open the final race for the trophy.

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By 12.30 the wind was still light and variable and more Easterly.   Foulds and Bunn in that order, shadowed each other for the first lap with Carrington always close in contention and needing specifically a first place to secure the trophy.   Knowing this, on the second lap downwind, Bunn luffed Carrington almost to the Western shore allowing others of the leading fleet through to the gybe mark.   Carrington, to his enormous credit, fought back through the fleet but only finishing third behind David Adler (Marsh Ringlet) and Peter Robbins (Small White). The latter consistently well up the fleet in all races and having profited from the Bunn / Carrington battle to secure the Ann Whelpton Trophy, narrowly beating Simon Daniels.

 

Final Results.

 

Consortium Cup.

1st.       Fox  (Cris Bunn)

2nd.      Peacock  (Paul Carrington)

3rd.       Copper Captain  (Felicity Foulds)

 

 

NPC Ann Whelpton Trophy.

1st.       Small White  (Peter Robbins)

2nd.      Silver Blue  (Simon Daniels)

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Cruiser Open 14th & 15th June

What an amazing show of boats! 21 River Cruisers turned out for this year’s Cruiser Open Meeting at Barton this weekend, including ‘Maidie’, in her traditional rig, which has been noticeably absent for many years due to draught issues in the River Ant.

Though the weather started overcast, the sun did break through for some of Saturday but the odd bit of drizzle on Sunday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Unusually there was a constant Northerly wind straight down the broad for both days, just backing and veering by five to ten degrees, enough to change the advantage subtly during the races and sufficient strength for many of the boats needing to reef.

The fleet was split into two, with nine boats in the first fleet. Starting from the committee raft near the island gave a decent beat up to the top of the broad and a long run to the edge of Turkey Broad with a couple of reaches across the bottom of the Broad.

Richard Parker in ‘Starlight Lady’ 323 may have led the first fleet round the Broad but could only manage a third in the ‘Achievement trophy’ on handicap, behind Mike Barnes in ‘Maidie’ 52. Both being beaten by Anthony Landamore in ‘Matilda’ 300. The second fleet was reasonably close on the water given the range of boats. David Thompson in ‘Cordon Rouge’ 384 taking both the ‘White Horse Trophy’ and the ‘Barton Broad Challenge Trophy’, beating Brian Wilkins in ‘Catspaw’ 244 into second place Followed by Tom Dring sailing ‘Marlyn Ann’ 202.

 

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Mid May Sailing

What about that for a weekends sailing! The Social Saturday was well attended with members and non members (wanting to try sailing) enjoying the sunny weather and light winds (perfect for finding out more about boats). Sailing on Sunday saw the same blue skies, but with more of a breeze. All in all, pretty perfectIMG_0918 IMG_0877