13th May 2018
race report for 13/05/18 from Dick Roe & Kate Dulieu. A damp grey start to the day greeted both NPC sailors as well as participants of the Broads Authorities ‘Go Wild’ event at Barton on Sunday. A cool fickle breeze was blowing from somewhere between north and west and although the rain stopped the sun remained in hiding. First race of the day was a two boat affair over a sausage triangle course in the north end of the broad, with the Daniels YBOD Silver Blue eventually pulling clear of the Jenners Yarmouth OD Pimpernell. Race 2 after lunch was contested over a longer course utilising the whole broad by a mixture of YBODs, punts one Yeoman and the Yarmouth. The wind dropped to virtually nothing at one point with he classic punt Cavender of Slatter/Haines making the most of the available puffs of breeze to win on handicap from the Males Yeoman Monthele and the Robbins YBOD Small White. Returning to the north end of the broad the course for race 3 was re-laid twice as the breeze shifted from the north to the west and then back to the north-west again. The punts had their own start with Cavender beating Snark, while in the keelboat fleet the Daniels YBOD Silver Blue triumphed over the Robbins YBOD Small White and the Trappes-Lomax YBOD Coronet.With the wind still fickle for race 4 it was again a 2 boat affair with Punt Snark finishing first but being beaten on handicap by punt Cavender.
20th May 2018
The day was cold but bright with a light variable easterly wind. There was a maximum of 11 boats, a solo, bitten, splash and 8 white boats. 3 Y&B 54 S Daniels Y&B 21 P Oliver Y&B 46 M Luckhurst Slow handicap Bittern 25 BThomson Splash 427 A Cracker
Race 4 Y&B 46 M Luckhurst Y&B 54 S Daniels Bittern 25 B Thompson
27th May 2018
A lovely gentle day on the pontoon (given the distraction of the Thurne Mouth Regatta for many members) and a not so gentle breeze. Good to see the club Laser 2000 out too, sailed by mother and daughter Butters. Ideal conditions for racing and many classes represented which meant that the Office Of the Day’s mathematical skills were tested to the max. The Norfolk Punt “Merlin” sailed by Club Commodore Drew Wilton and his daughter Elska provided an example of Punt sailing at its finest in the first race. This early race was won by YBOD Small White with Peter Robbins and family. Yeoman Sail number 118 skippered by Paul Wilcox and crewed by his family pipped White Wave (YBOD) helmed by Amanda Davis by only some 2 seconds to add to the excitement. Merlin then continued in this serious vane and crossed the line first in the Fast Allcomers and Combined Allcomers. However, the Owen’s Norfolk Punt Gamecock finally beat Merlin in the Fast Allcomers on handicap: an exhilarating race for both with the welcome sun and wind adding to the drama. For the Fast Allcomers Frosted Orange YBOD 104 manned by the ‘Friends on a fun day out’ came 2nd closely followed by Small White in 3rd place. In the afternoon the YBOD or White Boat race saw a very tight competition with the Robbins team in Small White just pipping the Davis team in White Wave by some 50 seconds. Perfect sailing conditions and club members trying out different club boats meant serious racing underpinned by the simple joy of being out on the Broads. Thanks to Annalis and Fred for Manning the Officers Box on Sunday
3rd June 2018
As anticipated last Sunday was a quiet day on the pontoons moored on Barton Broad as many Punt Club members battled the tides and winds in the Three Rivers Race. However this didn’t detract from some very competitive racing and all 4 series were closely contested. Light winds and a sudden shift confused everyone, with a rapid change of course reset by Bill Glover to compensate, only to see a shift back to the original heading 20 minutes later. Phil Roberts took the first race in the morning in YBOD Herald Moth ahead of the commodore Drew Wilton in his Norfolk Punt Merlin, with Paul Wilcox in his Yeoman coming in 3rd place. For the afternoon series Bruce Thompson sailing Kedgy Gal (Bittern Class) came in first place on handicap, beating the Dixey brothers sailing Rushlight (Norfolk Punt), with Drew coming third in Merlin. Kedgy Gal also took the third series with the Dixeys being best of the Norfolk Punts in Rushlight and Robin Slatter taking third place in Norfolk Punt Cavander. In the final series the Norfolk Punts got their revenge on Bruce Thompsons Bittern and The Dixeys came in first, with Robin Slatter second and Drew Wilton third. Thanks to Bill and Alison Glover for manning the Race box for the day.
10th June 2018
Sunshine and the lure of Punt Club teas brought out some fresh faces to the start line for the short race programme at the Punt Club, plus some of the usual culprits. Sam Briggs and Chris Haslam in their 29er was an unusual site for Barton Broad as was Simon Goodman crewed by Will Pank in Mazarine Blue leading the second race! The fleet of Yare and Bures had some fine contests in the afternoon, both for the front and at the back. White Wave with Alan and Amanda Davis broke their duck by not coming last and with some interesting wind shifts making decisions difficult with the wind swinging through 180 degress at times life was not easy. But as the series of races progressed through the afternoon the wind began to increase and race 4 conducted in a steady force 3 to 4. Although the Yare and Bures dominated the fleet it was good to see Tom Scott in his Solo, and a couple of Wayfarers.
Light southerly, variable winds made for competitive sailing on Sunday in the series of 5 races on Barton Broad for the Punt club fleet, a mixture of Norfolk Punts, Yare and Bure One Design “White Boats” , Bitterns, Toppers and Solos. The light airs favoured the punts in the first race with Flamingo taking the line on handicap, with the Simon Daniels using all his experience to finish at the front of the white boat fleet. The second series saw Bruce Thompson sailing his Bittern take first place on handicap, a feat he often achieves in Allcomers races. Cavender was the leading Punt with Robin Slatter on the helm and once again Silver Blue helmed by Simon Daniels made the podium. During the race an immovable object in the shape of a traditional Wherry Albion grounding on a shallow gravel bank within 10 metres of the western race buoy. A safety crew was dispatched to help the crew of the Albion quant and tow her off after moving the buoy to a safer position. Normal order was restored and the position noted for future reference. The wind continued to move round to the east and the fleet enjoyed a steadier wind, especially in the southern half of the Broad. The YBOD start in the 3rd Series gave a clear advantage to Silver Blue, which Simon Daniels maintained taking 1st, with Camberwell Beauty just 2 seconds behind and Herald Moth 2 seconds adrift for 3rd in a strengthening breeze. The forth series gave the Punts the advantage over Kedgy Gal (3rd) , with Merlin and Cavender 1st and 2nd respectively but race 5 saw Kedgy Gal get revenge and finishing ahead of Silver Blue and Merlin. A great days sailing in great weather, with an increased number of non-sailing members on the pontoons for tea and cakes in the mdi afternoon sun. No better way to spend a summer Sunday.
17th June 2018
Once Bittern at Norfolk Punt Club The annual NPC Bittern open took place Sunday in glorious sunshine, balmy temperatures and a moderate NNE. At the start of the first race, the wind played some awful tricks on competitors all the way to the windward mark, but filled and settled during the race. John Atkinson in Boomer led the whole way to set the trend for the event. Bruce Thompson, in Kedgy Gal, executed a brilliant first leg in the second race to lead all the way, only to be overtaken by Boomer on the last leg! The third race was a repeat of the first, with Boomer taking the Transom Trophy and Kedgy Gal runner-up. Meanwhile, in club racing, the Commodore, Drew Wilton, crewed by his daughter Elska, stamped his authority on the fleet with an emphatic 4 wins out of 4, although the margin in the final race was just 3 seconds from Simon Daniels in Silver Blue! Daniels had his own moment of glory by taking line honours in the Yare and Bure class race. Results Transom Trophy for Bitterns Winner John Atkinson, Boomer Runner-up Bruce Thompson, Kedgy Gal
30th June 2018
Norfolk Punt Club “Punt Open” Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st The BBC weather website is trying to redefine the word breezy. If there’s any air movement at all it is classified as breezy. The Norfolk Punt Open took place the weekend in conditions that were breezy, but in the old fashioned sense, in that there was a stiff wind that was very gusty. The racing on Saturday and Sunday morning was challenging but these conditions didn’t upset the fleet and with brilliant sunshine and an air of excitement the crews handled conditions in true Punt style. Some wet and some dry finishers enjoyed some thrilling sailing and although numbers were down on previous years the standard was as high as ever. Our visitor from Ullswater Colin Murray won in Whooper with Punt Club Commodore Andrew Wilton a close second and Matthew Scott in Woodpecker in third place On Sunday afternoon the Norfolk Punt Club raced in challenging winds made up for by a cloudless sky. Two wins by Driver father and son in the YBOD Grizzled Skipper were the outstanding performances of the day.
8th July 2018
Sunday at the Norfolk Punt Club sees a 100 year old punt win three races! Starting in Caribbean conditions Prawn, a tradition Norfolk punt, (featured in the EDP Saturday magazine recently) who is celebrating her centenary this year, revelled in the light to moderate winds to romp home in fine style comfortably winning 3 races. Prawns birthday party isn’t for two weeks, when she will be celebrating with another punt, Goldeneye who was also built in 1918. However Prawn, owned and sailed by Bill and Alison Glover decided to start the party early and won two open races against the fleet of white boats and one fast handicap. The variable light airs built slowly throughout the morning and the YBOD fleet began to find that the frustrating holes in the wind and frequent shifts started to be less troublesome and so made better progress, but still found Prawn leading. It wasn’t until the mid-afternoon that the mixed fleet of Norfolk Dingy, Wayfarers and Punts began to live up to their handicaps and Simon and Fil Daniels led the fleet over the line on two occasions. The officer of the day had his work cut out with each race having a different course and it made life more interesting and kept helms focussed on the marks..most of the time. A grand days sailing for all concerned. Lots of fun is planned for the invitation only celebration on the 21st July out on the Punt Club pontoons including a sail past by traditional sailing craft of the same era.
22nd July 2018
It was a very busy Saturday on the pontoon in the middle of beautiful Barton Broad, home of the Norfolk Punt Club, with 75 or more guests and members of the club celebrating the 100 birthday of Prawn, the oldest Norfolk Punt still sailing and her companion Golden Eye, a mere youngster at 90 years of age. A sail past of Vintage sailing craft including 5 Punts, white boats and cruisers was a spectacular sight as the sailed line astern across the width of the Broad. Several of the hire boats on the broad were seen to panic as the fleet of 17 craft all over 50 years of age bore down on them. It is pleasing to report that there were no mishaps. The party continued into the night and might explain the slightly lower attendance for Sunday racing. In spite of the very warm weather the variable winds were, as usual, strong enough to allow interesting if frustrating racing on the biggest stretch of open water in the area, with all four series hotly contested. Drew Wilton in Merlin was the winner of the All Comers and fast handicap races taking the honours for the three races, with Prawn and Bill and Alison Glover recovering in time to win the Fast handicap, beating Merlin. The White Boat fleet saw a good series of races with honours going to Fil Daniels in Silver Blue and Phil and Liz Ollier second. Kath Mason took 3rd place in the Yare and Bure One Design in Cupido. Alan Davis maintained his perfect record by finishing at the back of the fleet. All in All a great weekends sailing in glorious weather and in such beautiful surroundings.
29th July 2018
The very strong Southerly winds experienced across the region intimidated the vast majority of the dingy and keel boat fleet at the Punt Club as one might expect, but two brave souls, supported by an experienced safety boat crew, decided to brave the elements. Fred Wickham in his laser and Elske Wilton in her splash raced around the course, with a tricky first beat to the windward mark and very fast reaching to the two Jibe marks made the racing exciting to watch for the safety boat crew and the spectators on the pontoons who turned out for the usual tea and cakes. Both finished in fine style after a close run race.
5th August 2018
Light southerly, variable winds made for competitive sailing on Sunday in the series of 5 races on Barton Broad for the Punt club fleet, a mixture of Norfolk Punts, Yare and Bure One Design “White Boats” , Bitterns, Toppers and Solos. The light airs favoured the punts in the first race with Flamingo taking the line on handicap, with the Simon Daniels using all his experience to finish at the front of the white boat fleet. The second series saw Bruce Thompson sailing his Bittern take first place on handicap, a feat he often achieves in Allcomers races. Cavender was the leading Punt with Robin Slatter on the helm and once again Silver Blue helmed by Simon Daniels made the podium. During the race an immovable object in the shape of a traditional Wherry Albion grounding on a shallow gravel bank within 10 metres of the western race buoy. A safety crew was dispatched to help the crew of the Albion quant and tow her off after moving the buoy to a safer position. Normal order was restored and the position noted for future reference. The wind continued to move round to the east and the fleet enjoyed a steadier wind, especially in the southern half of the Broad. The YBOD start in the 3rd Series gave a clear advantage to Silver Blue, which Simon Daniels maintained taking 1st, with Camberwell Beauty just 2 seconds behind and Herald Moth 2 seconds adrift for 3rd in a strengthening breeze. The forth series gave the Punts the advantage over Kedgy Gal (3rd) , with Merlin and Cavender 1st and 2nd respectively but race 5 saw Kedgy Gal get revenge and finishing ahead of Silver Blue and Merlin. A great days sailing in great weather, with an increased number of non-sailing members on the pontoons for tea and cakes in the mdi afternoon sun. No better way to spend a summer Sunday