White Boat Open 18/ 19 June

13 YBODS out  of the 14 entered came to the line on Saturday afternoon for the NPC Barton Broad YBOD Open weekend. Saturday was sailed in brisk winds from the NW – NNW 15 gusting 20mph. Two boats put in a voluntary one reef with no obvious change in performance. The wind allowed the OOD to set big courses with three long beats which sorted the contestants out well.  In the second race on Saturday afternoon after the obligatory NPC tea and cakes, the wind had got up a little gusting to 25mph. Chris Bunn took the start and set about dominating the fleet from the front. During the second round the proceedings were livened up for the race crew with Stu Rix catching the mainsheet of Cinnamon Twist (138) around one of Barton’s notorious posts (none of those on Wroxham) and the inevitable sinking occurred. No one was hurt and the boat was recovered slowly and carefully with minimal damage and no lost gear, much to the relief of all. The subsequent BBQ on the pontoons was enlivened by the repartee at Stu’s expense. 

 

Sunday was a bit of an anti-climax after that with gentle breezes from the South, gusting gently to 10mph. This gave the OOD the opportunity to get in two very long beats, and Chris Bunn’s crew was heard to remark that they had never been on a beat for more than three minutes before – the joys of sailing on Barton.

 

Chris Bunn took the Consortium Cup with Ritchie Dugdale second in Alder Kitten, and James Dugdale third in Ghost. The Whelpton Trophy, a very fine half model of a YBOD, presented to the first NPC helmsman was a tie between Daniels and Robbins, and won by Simon Daniels in Silver Blue (54) on the countback. 

 

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River Cruiser Open 11/12 June

16 cruisers turned up to play at the Punt Club Cruiser Open regatta at Barton this weekend. It was good to see several regulars plus some new faces including the Elson family in Sprite 290 and the Drew family in White Heather 317. Nothing like a bit of early indoctrination of the under-fives!!

The wind was very variable, backing and veering around the SSW and never particularly strong but a bit damp during the second race on both days. The biggest problem for the OOD was if or when to shorten course. On both occasions when it was decided to let the fleet go the full three rounds, free showers were ‘enjoyed’ by all! At least it was relatively warm. Some consolation was to be had from the constant flow of hot beverages and cakes served by Fan and James Arthur in the club tea hut.

Geoff and Rose Angell, sporting very new sails on Pippa 24 came third overall. Ritchie Dugdale in Zingara 30 took second place also winning the Achievement Trophy (for the fastest of the fast boats). Overall winner was Glynn Howarth in Beth 82, winning both the Barton Broad Challenge Trophy and the White Horse Cup.

 

Achievement Trophy:

1               Zingara                   30            R. Dugdale

2               Matilda                  300         A. Landamore

3               Breeze  177         C. Chettleburgh

Barton Broad Challenge Trophy:

1               Beth       82            G. Howarth

2               Pippa     24            G. Angell

3               Amaryllis 375    C. Tuckett

White Horse Trophy (for the overall winner):

Beth 82                  G. Howarth

 

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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.