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