River Cruiser Open Report 10/11th June 2017

Sun and wind were all part of the recipe for an exciting weekend’s sailing at Barton, though there was a tad too much wind for some, especially on Saturday with gusts up to 30 Knots and only marginally easier on Sunday.

Fifteen boats arrived at the pontoons for the briefing and the SSW direction made life easy for the OOD, setting a long beat to the Neatishead mark from the club rafts. All boats reefed and were shy of the line, which was not surprising under the conditions. Naturally with a long beat comes a long run to get back up the broad which gave rise to some challenging gybes. Sadly, the conditions made their mark and both Stellar helmed by Tim Frary and Amaryllis helmed by Chris Tuckett sustained damage in the first race reducing the fleet further as some, possibly wiser, helms decided to watch from the side lines and others retired while they were still intact!

Eight boats completed the first race and seven, the second race. The high winds definitely favoured the slower fleet which gradually gained on the faster boats which had started five minutes earlier. Both fleets kept very close together despite taking different lines.

It was all to play for in the last race between Richard Smith in Alchemy and Mark Elson in Sprite, but Mark held onto his lead with three points and a fourth, discard, over Richards five points with a third, discard.

Paul Howes in Melinda dominated the fast fleet chased closely by Anthony Landamore in Matilda, only two points behind.



Achievement Trophy:                       1 Melinda                  P. Howes

2 Matilda                   A. Landamore

3 Breeze                     C. Chettleburgh

Barton Broad Challenge Cup:        1 Sprite                      M. Elson

2 Alchemy                  R. Smith

3 Wanderer               T. Barker

White Horse Trophy                        1 Sprite

(Overall winner)                   2 Alchemy

3 Wanderer

Barton Bunny

Last Saturday (Easter Saturday) eight boats, with supporting OOD team,  rescue craft, terrific cakes and a goodly number of spectators participated in the first Barton Bunny Pursuit Race.  I have attached some pictures (including Jack Drew-Leventon’spicture of the winning boat Bittern 27 “Boomer” crossing the finishing line).

Congratulations to the winners: Leo Levine and John Atkinson; thanks for all the support and thanks to Max Dixey for coming up with the idea, organising the event and leading from the Officer’s box on the day.





Welcome to the Norfolk Punt Club, one of the friendliest sailing clubs on the Norfolk Broads.

The club is situated on Barton Broad and offers sailing in sheltered waters. The Club welcomes all abilities and a wide variety of boats from dinghies, half deckers to sailing cruisers. Not forgetting being the original home of the amazing Norfolk Punt

Complementing the terrific sailing programme is an active social scene that welcomes both newcomers and life-long members.

Reasons to join the amazing Norfolk Punt Club:
  1.  Superb sailing on Barton Broad, one of the best of the Northern Broads.
  2.  Friendly family orientated Club.
  3.  Our unique Floating Club house.
  4.  Quality of our cakes for Sunday afternoon tea.
  5.  Mixed fleets, all boats are welcome.
  6.  Social Saturdays, an opportunity to come and try, and bring family and friends.

Bart’s Bash 2016

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.