FOX takes top honors at NPC’s Yare and Bure Open Design Open on Barton Broad
One of the largest fleets of these iconic Broadland sailing boats in recent years took to the water to compete in the Norfolk Punt Club’s YBOD Open last weekend on Barton Broad. Twenty-one boats, including many that travelled from other clubs, enjoyed the fine weather (though at times breezy and inconsistent winds) over the weekend. Many of Broadland’s top YBOD sailors took part in this annual open event, and the ever changing but generally South Westerly wind direction presented many challenges, both for those setting the course and those taking part. On Saturday, nearly everyone’s position changed on every round sailed. The sailors from the host club fared well, but could not drive home any advantage over the visiting crews.
The Consortium Cup, was won by Chris Bunn and Niki Tansley sailing FOX, who were joined by Jo Ford on the Sunday. They were closely followed by Paul and Elise Carrington sailing White Ermine, and third was The Miller helmed by Flip Foulds crewed by Gilly Foulds and Katherine Brady. Three boats, Grizzled Skipper, Silver Blue and Small White were all in close contention for the Whelpton Trophy, awarded to the highest placed Norfolk Punt Club boat, going into the last race on the Sunday. Ultimately Small White, helmed by Peter Robbins and crewed by Chris Pugh, came out on top.
1st Fox / Chris Bunn, Niki Tansley and Jo Ford
2nd White Ermine / Paul and Elise Carrington
3rd The Miller / Flip and Gilly Foulds and Katherine Brady
Whelpton Thophy: Small White / Peter Robbins and Chris Pugh
Try sailing on Barton Broad – 19 May 2018
Calling all would be sailors.
On Saturday 19th May Norfolk Punt Club are offering you the chance to sail (free of charge) in a range of boats including the very fast Norfolk Punt featured on the BBC recently. You may also sail in a dingy, keel boat and River Cruiser. Experienced skippers will take you around the beautiful Barton Broad to see the wildlife, including Marsh Harriers and other reed bed dwellers. Sample the delights of a ‘Punt Club afternoon tea’ on the pontoon in the middle of the broad. The club will provide “water taxis” from Barton Turf Staithe to ferry you out to the pontoon at 12.30 and 2.00pm. Taxis will bring you back at 4.30pm.
As it is also a Royal Wedding Day there will be a ”bit of a party” on the pontoon so bring a picnic if you want to and a few pounds for tea and cake. We can lend you Buoyancy Aids but please dress in suitable clothes that will keep you warm and can suffer splashing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Great fun was had by all at the second annual Barton Bunny Easter Pursuit race yesterday, this year sponsored by the White Horse Inn.
Despite the weather forecast and very cold conditions a small, perfectly formed clutch of boats set off in four separate starts to enjoy the first race of the season. The S/SE breeze was mainly gentle and the rain held off at first but the wind chill factor was extremely challenging. The first shower was about bearable but the later, heavier, longer one, after around 1 hour 40 mins defeated a couple of crews who retired from the back of the fleet, very cold and wet. Smiles came back to their faces with cups of tea and a piece of cake in their hands.
100 £s raised for the club Centenary Fund
8 cakes (maybe more… we lost count)
5 cake bakers
3 safety boat crews – taking turns for hot drinks on the pontoons
2 tea hut supremos
1 wrong turn (must write course on hand in future!)
0 capsizes (but lots of near misses)
All the bunnies went home with chocolate imitations of themselves – and carrots.
It was good to see so many visitors and old Punt Club members taking time out from their Easter breaks in Norfolk to brave the conditions and support the race.
Looking forward to next year already – and hoping for a later, warmer Easter!