Barts Bash

Bart’s Bash 18th September. 2016

The World’s Largest Sailing Event, this year raising funds for disabled sailing across the world.

Bart’s Bash at the Norfolk Punt Club

The brief summer heatwave was gone and almost normal service resumed. At least the rain had been gracious enough to do it’s stuff and then move on before Sunday.

Early signs for a busy day weren’t good but gradually they appeared. By the time of the race, 23 boats had sidled up to the pontoons and the crews were now recumbent, waiting to be told what to do.

Series 2, the 13.30 race, was split into 2 races with only 1 start. Thanks to a kindly direct northerly, a very simple course could be set. Start to no.1 buoy and down to R, tucked in behind the island, with instructions to go either way round. Made for some interesting roundings, so I heard.

The Bart’s Bash race was just 1 round and then those that wanted to continued on for another 2 rounds to complete the normal series 2 race.

It was really nice to see 22 boats on the start line and quite a number from other clubs and others who don’t normally race and who turned up just to do Bart’s Bash. A bit frantic in the box though with so many starters and finishers and a change of course for each series.

With significant haranguing by the duty crew we managed to raise the excellent sum of £335.00. Thank you so much to everyone who came and contributed by their presence and their donations.

First home and winners of a bottle of fizz were Alistair and Charlotte Drew in Grayling, followed by Drew and Elska Wilton in Merlin with, in third place, Louisa Dixey and crew Katya Ruda and Sam Briggs in Rushlight. Third was an impressive result considering this was Louisa’s first ‘proper’ race in Rushlight and the crew had never sailed or trapezed a punt before!

Well done all.


Regatta 27th-29th August

Dramatic forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstoms on Saturday didn’t deter an enthusiastic turnout of visitors to the Norfolk Punt Clubs 2016 Annual regatta this weekend. Sailing conditions were excellent with a moderate easterly on Saturday changing overnight to a light to moderate westerly on Sunday. Packed with rafts of moored flotillas on the western side of Barton Broad left the rest of the largest expanse of navigable Broadland water free for racing and helped the Race officers fit in the maximum amount of upwind sailing where the tactics and skills of the helms and crew can make the most difference.

479 entries over the two day regatta meant many of the trophies sailed for were keenly contested with a good turnout of Norfolk Punts being led home by two of the younger Punt sailors, Freddie Scott in Woodpecker for the Forbes Cup and Max Dixey in Jackdaw for the Sundog trophy and ending with a fine display by Simon Clayton sailing traditional Punt Decoy to victory in the Punt Invitation race.

The 28 river cruisers looked an impressive sight throughout the weekend with Chris Pank in Whisper leading the fast handicap cruiser fleet home to win the Domino Trophy and Hugh Ferrier winning the Pollit Trophy in his cruiser Goldfish for the slow handicap.

Although slightly down in numbers from prior years, the 18 strong White Boat fleet was as fiercely competitive as ever with Chris Bunn in Fox retaining the Lycaena Trophy once again and David Talbot winning the Tracey Tray in Red Admiral. The junior trophies also saw some very close racing with Will Pank in MBD taking the DeQuincey Salver and Charlotte Knight the Junior Allcomers Glass in Bluebird. A very evenly matched fleet of lasers within the Allcomers dinghy series saw honours spread quite evenly with Edward Wildman in Custard Cream winning the Dinghy Trophy, Jonas Osbourne in Laserblade the Waxwing Trophy and Jack Drew-Leventon the Nancy Oldfield Trust trophy in Bluebird. H Biss won the Carter Cup for Ladies in Faun, Peter Bainbridge in Yarmouth Helen was as consistent as ever winning both the Balholm Salver and Seafarers’ Trophy and Anthony Boardman delighted to win the Puffin Trophy in Swan, his elegant white Broads One Design ‘Brown Boat’.

As part of the Punt Club’s 90th Anniversary celebration year, the club reintroduced the Regatta Barn Dance on Saturday night which was kindly hosted by Cox’s Boatyard in their Main Boatshed decorated with large poster portraits of Norfolk Punts. The event was a great success with 200 people enjoying a fine hog roast, bar and dancing to the Keel Band.



Forbes Cup (Punts) Freddie Scott


Dinghy Trophy (Allcomers A) Edward Wildman

(Custard Cream)

Balholm Salver (Keelboats) Peter Bainbridge


De Quincy Salver (Junior Allcomers) Will Pank


Sundog Trophy (Punts) Max Dixey


Lycaena Trophy (YBODs) Chris Bunn


Puffin Trophy (Broads ODs) Anthony Boardman (Swan)
Waxwing Trophy (Allcomers) Jonas Osbourne

(Laser Blade)

Domino Trophy (Fleet A Cruisers) Chris Pank


Pollit Trophy (Fleet B Cruisers) Hugh Ferrier       (Goldfish)
Nancy Oldfield Trust Trophy (Allcomers A) Jack Drew-Leventon


Seafarers Trophy (Allcomers B – Keelboats) Peter Bainbridge


Carter Cup (Ladies) H Biss


Tracey Tray (Mixed Broads OD) David Talbot (Red Admiral)
Junior Allcomers (Glass) Charlotte Knight


Punt Invitation Race (Glass) Simon Clayton




Norfolk Punt Championships 2016

21 Norfolk Punts gathered on Saturday for the 2016 Championships to be met by high winds and waves on Barton Broad. Racing was postponed then abandoned all together to be resumed on Sunday. Leaving Richard Whitefoot’s and Dave Milledge’s impressive display of twin trapezing in Comet and Swallow II ‘s near sinking whilst being towed to the Norfolk Punt Club the only action to discuss from the day at the drinks party on Saturday night. Thanks go to David and Morag Skinner who have kindly hosted the drinks party for a phenomenal 25 years and have decided to pass that baton on to someone else.

Sunday brought a strong westerly wind, which is a tricky direction for course laying on Barton, but Peter Bainbridge and his team did a fantastic job of laying an excellent course and fitting 4 races in. In the first race Andrew Wilton crewed by his daughter Elska took an early lead in Merlin           , which proved unassailable, and took an impressive victory in the gusty condition which saw several boats including Swallow II capsize. The second race saw Will Daniels and Dougie Mileham take lead in Swallow II, but they were unable to hold back the Hardchine punts. Woodpecker sailed by NPC commodore Mathew Scott and his son Freddie overtook first followed by Comet. Line honours went to Woodpecker as did the overall win on handicap, pushing Swallow II into second place by 1 second. The 3rd race went to Comet beating the Morrison punts White Eagle (sailed by Simon Clayton and Jack Drew Leventon) and Merlin over the water. By the 4th and final race, first place was settled but it was all to play for, for 2nd and 3rd places. Alastair Drew and Mark Elson in Grayling had a cracking start and took a commanding lead, but were pushed back to 3rd over the water by Comet and White Eagle. Swallow II found form again and despite finishing 5th over the water took 2nd on handicap. This meant the overall result was Woodpecker first overall and first Hardchine (as Comet did not count in the results due to an experimental mainsail), Grayling second, Swallow II third and first Traditional and White Eagle 4th and first boat over the water (Progress Cup). The Cuckoo Trophy for first Junior went to Elska Wilton.

The individual race results were:

1st Race: 1st A. Wilton in Merlin, 2nd M. Scott in Woodpecker and 3rd W. Scott in Avocet

2nd Race: 1st M. Scott in Woodpecker, 2nd W. Daniels in Swallow II and 3rd R. Whitefoot in Comet

3rd Race: 1st R. Whitefoot in Comet, 2nd S. Clayton in White Eagle and 3rd A. Drew in Grayling

4th Race: 1st R. Whitefoot in Comet, 2nd W. Daniels in Swallow II and 3rd A. Drew in Grayling


Jubilee Weekend

The Norfolk Punt Club celebrates its 90th Birthday.

Last weekend, the Norfolk Punt Club celebrated 90 years since its foundation in 1926.

The celebrations started with Water Games on Barton Broad on the afternoon of Saturday 30 July with craft of all types taking part. Rules were minimal except that any form of mechanical propulsion was banned. All vessels had to be propelled by wind or personal effort. Participants old and young thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Games finished with the cutting of a Birthday Cake by Judy MacDonald, whose grandfather, Aubrey Chittock, was one of the club’s founders.

In the evening, just over 100 members and their guests assembled at Barton Staithe for drinks and canapes to the accompaniment of live music from the 20s. Dinner was served on cruisers both at the staithe and on the broad itself. The evening ended with sweets served on the Club’s pontoons under clear skies and with the backdrop of a magnificent sunset.

Sunday’s Jubilee Regatta programme got off to a fine and sunny start with a light to moderate WNW breeze. The morning Allcomers race saw a good fleet with Jack Leventon in his laser maintain an early lead with Liz and Phil Ollier in their white boat coming in second and James Mason in his Splash, third.

After lunch the Ladies Punt race for the Curlew Cup was won by Emma Daniels sailing Swallow II with Anne Friend second in Blackbird. Peter Bainbridge in his Yarmouth, Helen, romped home in the Allcomers A fleet, with Simon Daniels second in White boat, Silver Blue and third place shared on identical corrected  times by Max Dixey in his Punt Jackdaw and Chris Roberts in White boat, Herald Moth.

The Jubilee Bowl is sailed by family members who swop over helming halfway through the race. The14 starters got away cleanly form the start and the four punts quickly sailed away in close formation. Toby and Peter Tracey in Yarmouth, Helen, kept in close enough contact though to win overall with Freddie and Phoebe Scott second in Punt Woodpecker and Max and Felix Dixey third in Jackdaw.

After a fine tea, the Jubliee regatta concluded with the final series races for the Batchelor quant and Harmer paddle for Punts and Allcomers (less punts) respectively . Testing the sailors skills at sailing forwards, backwards, without a rudder and finally an upwind paddle to the finish. There was some impressive sailing backwards by all competitors and slightly less predictable courses taken when unable to use their rudders. In the end,  Bart Sawyer overtook everyone to bring his Punt Rhode Island Red home first in the Batchelor Quant and James Mason powered his way around the course in his Splash to win the Harmer. An entertaining conclusion to a very enjoyable weekend.


Race Officers; Matthew Scott and Heather Roberts



Series 1:

Combined Allcomers (10): 1) Bluebird- J Leventon, 2) Tortoiseshell- E Ollier, 3)Naughty but Nice- J Mason

Series 2:

Slow Handicap (3): 1) Kedgy Gal – B Thompson, 2) Shrimper- P Tracey, 3) Catch Me- P Marston

Fast Handicap (13): 1) Helen- P Bainbridge, 2) Silver Blue- Simon Daniels, 3)= Herald Moth C Roberts 3)= Jackdaw M Dixey

Curlew Cup (3): 1) Swallow II- E Daniels 2) Blackbird- A Friend 3) Woodpecker- P Scott

Series 3:

Jubliee Bowl (13): 1) Helen- P&T Tracey 2) Woodpecker- F&P Scott 3) Jackdaw- M&F Dixey

Series 4:

Batchelor Quant (4): 1) Rhode Island Red- B Sawyer, 2) Jackdaw- M Dixey,3) Woodpecker- J Leventon

Harmer Paddle (4): 1) Naughty But Nice – J Mason, 2) Topper- T Roberts, 3) Topper E Wilton

160730 Water Games on Barton Broad by Robin Myerscough

160730 Roaming Supper on the pontoons by Robin Myerscough

160730 Judy MacDonald and Celia Scott by Frances Tubbs Arthur

160730  Judy MacDonald cuts the Cake by James Arthur

160730 Eating the Roaming Supper on the Broad by Robin Myerscough

160730 Chasing the Tail Punt Club Water Games by Frances Tubbs Arthur

Punt Open 9th/ 10th July

The UK’s biggest weekend of sport included Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and the Norfolk Punt Club Open on the beautiful Barton Broad. The weather was overcast but a good breeze was onsite to provide some great racing. Like any good British sporting weekend the rain arrived on time, but without a sliding roof to protect the competitors, the wind decided to take cover from the rain.


The first race started in light, marginal trapezing conditions (for the boats that had them). The start was keenly contested with places changing all the way up the Broad on the first beat. Matthew and Freddie Scott led the race from start to finish in Woodpecker, always pressed by Simon Lomas-Clarke and Rob Daniels in Swallow II. The fascinating aspect of punt sailing is the variation in boat configurations across the fleet, with an individual PY handicap given to each boat. So despite the more modern design (twin trapeze, asymmetric spinnaker) configuration of the newer, hard chine boats it is always the traditional classes that are the ones to look out for. This meant that Swallow II took honours on corrected time, Woodpecker came second followed by Hugh Marston and Caroline Dixey sailing Rushlight, in third.


Following the tea and cake based break between races (served up on the pontoon based club) race two commenced with torrential rain and the breeze dying even further. Despite the conditions, racing got underway as scheduled. The conditions, as always on the Broads, were reliably shifty and gusty and the front of the fleet on the water was fought over by Grebe sailed by Chris and Cliff Haslam, Swallow II and Woodpecker. Racing was close in the following fleet but Swallow II took the honours, with Rushlight second and Woodpecker third.


The third race started in dry conditions with Swallow II being consumed by the eager pack on the start line and fighting to get back toward the front throughout the first lap to make up the time that would be lost when the handicaps came into play. With the holiday season in full swing, Rushlight sailed a perfect race around the course and the novice houseboat helms, to take the win, followed by Swallow II and Grebe.


The evening was spent with other club members enjoying a barbeque in the beautiful setting of Barton Broad.


The second day dawned overcast with a fresh South Westerly wind. Swallow II just about recovered from an early morning pre-start swim to make the start-line. The windier conditions proved to be quite a handful in these beautiful boats with tall masts and powerful rigs. A couple of boats required the assistance of rescue crews as a combination of some big gusts at the end of the race and the final mark being close to the bank saw a capsize and a trip to the reeds. Swallow II took the win from White Eagle sailed by Punt veteran and long-time club member David Adler with sons Simon and Patrick in a great second and Rhode Island Red (Bart Edmunds and Tim Edwards) in third.


The wind picked up further for the final race. Swallow II were eager on the start-line and went for the duck back only to hear a silence when they were expecting a second signal from the race officer. Rhode Island Red took an early swim, just off the start line to add to the confusion. With the Broad becoming busier with holiday traffic, a group of canoeists were a little surprised to be split by a charging Punt or two. Swallow II were foolish enough to hoist their spinnaker but managed to take another win from Woodpecker and Rushlight.


To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Norfolk Punt Club, a number of past punt sailors came from as far as Cornwall to take the trip out to the club and witness a spectacular sail past of all the competing boats, paraded in age order from the 1930 Rushlight to the more modern 2004 Woodpecker.


The trophy, commissioned by Swallow II’s builder in the 1930’s, was again awarded to the overall event winners Simon Lomas-Clarke and Rob Daniels sailing the same Swallow II, by the club commodore Matthew Scott. Hugh Marston and Caroline Dixey took second in Rushlight and third went to Grebe sailed by Chris and Cliff Haslam. A big thanks has to go to all those who helped on the day and in the pre-event preparation. The setting is spectacular and this traditional class and its members have to be commended for managing the complexities of racing pre-war clinker built boats with carbon rigs and twin trapezes on a small shifty and gusty pond, not to mention their welcoming hospitality.






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. 


It was a very fine weekend of sailing enjoyed by all, with Barton allowing some of the best sailing on Broadland.0N8A7995 - Copy

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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