The Norfolk Punt Club’s final race of 2021 took place on Saturday 9th October in near ideal conditions with blue sky, white fluffy clouds and a gentle breeze. The spectators and the weather greeted the nine Norfolk Punts which came to the line on to complete for the Athene Cup.
This last race of the Norfolk Punt Club season is traditionally a river race. The race is sailed in three legs from Thurne Mouth up the Thurne towards Potter Heigham, then up the River Bure towards St Benets Abbey and finally down the river towards Upton and Acle before finishing back at Thurne Mouth.
At the end of a two hour race four punts crossed the finishing line within 9 seconds of each other. They were led home by Redwing (Rupert Redington), Wild Goose II (John Parker & James Savage), Snark (Mark Elson & Alastair Drew) and Decoy (Simon & Rachel Clayton). The first three punts were all hard chine punts flying square top mains, with Decoy being the first traditional boat home. A little behind them, and saving her time on handicap, came Goldeneye (Dick Roe & Kate Dulieu), the smallest and oldest of the fleet which meant that Goldeneye was the very popular winner of the Athene Cup.
Goldeneye (Dick Roe & Kate Dulieu) took the Athene Cup for first boat on handicap.
Redwing (Rupert Redington & Steve Mackay) took the Blackbird Trophy for first boat over the water.
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28 – 29th August 2021
Please find enclosed the Notice of Race and entry form for the NPC Open Regatta on Barton Broad on 28-29th August 2021. Please note our Covid briefing so you are aware how we are approach the Covid regulations and social distancing for the Regatta weekend.
Social Distancing and Covid regulations during the Punt Open
The NPC Committee believe that they have given sensible consideration to the prevailing factors and to RYA guidance when deciding to run this year’s Open Regatta. Some competitors with their own motor boats may (for various reasons) wish to moor away from the pontoons during the event. On the pontoons hand sanitiser is provided in a number of locations and adequate ventilation is provided in all indoor spaces. Numbers in the toilets at any one time will be restricted. Similarly we will ask competitors to exercise discretion in terms of congregating in the tea hut. We will not be running a formal social event on the Saturday evening. Members, their guests and visitors may choose to gather on the pontoons for an informal ‘social gathering on the pontoon’. Face coverings are provided for safety boat crews in the event that they need to become involved in assisting people out of the water. However our experience is that such assistance does not require face to face contact or (normally) lengthy proximity.
At all times the decision to attend and participate in any sailing, racing or in any social or other activity on or off the pontoons will be that of participants and at people’s own risk. People should take sensible steps to mitigate their own risks. However the prime aim of the NPC committee is to facilitate sailing and racing and we are confident that this can be done in line with current guidance.
Entries for the Event:
Entries for the event will take place on the pontoon respecting social distancing. Please see attached entry form.
We are looking forward to seeing some excellent racing and believe that we have thought through the potential issues in a sensible way. We are, however, obviously happy to answer any particular questions which potential participants may wish to raise please email email@example.com .
NPC Hon. Secretary