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The Barton Bunny – sponsored. by the White Horse Neatishead
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.

Third overall was John Seeley in Lilac Beauty (YBOD 139), with Alison Sawyer and Jannie Seeley. Second was Fred Wickham with brother Rupert in Zhaba (Wayfarer 3045) who steadily crept up on 5 of the 6 boats that started ahead of them. But they could not catch March Ringlet  (YBOD 126), helmed and crewed in turns by Simon Adler, Andrew and Robert Friend and Brigitte, which took the lead at the second mark after Pessimist (Laser Radial) went the wrong way.
Key statistics:

100 £s raised for the club Centenary Fund

16 sailors
8 cakes (maybe more… we lost count)
7 boats
5 cake bakers
4+ laps
3 safety boat crews – taking turns for hot drinks on the pontoons
2 tea hut supremos
2 DNF’s
1 wrong turn (must write course on hand in future!)
0 capsizes (but lots of near misses)

and lots and lots of cups of tea.
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.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen  – in particular to Bea and Roseanna for following in Max Dixey’s footsteps as the young OOD team in charge. Special thanks to Phil, Liz, Bill, Louisa and Martin in the safety boats. I hope they have warmed up by now.
And thanks to Max Dixey for dreaming it all up last year.
Looking forward to next year already – and hoping for a later, warmer Easter!


Powerboat Courses

Safetyboat Training

Want to know what to do in this situation?

do you want to be able to drive a safety boat and help with duties on a Sunday.


Already have your powerboat L2 but would like to improve your skills and really learn to rescue boats and people safely.

Powerboat Level 2  Training Course            14 – 15th April                      This course is the basic handling course and is the minimum requirement for doing safety boat duty for the Club.

Without enough safety boat drivers Club racing and other activities will not happen. 6 places only.

SAFETY BOAT TRAINING              21 – 22nd April

If you have already passed your Level 2 Powerboat course or are experienced in powerboat handling then you need to do the Safety boat training. This course trains you to rescue people and boats.

Ideally everyone driving the club safety boats should have this level of skill. 12 places only.

Both these courses will cost £30, which covers the coursebook, fuel and certificates and is heavily subsided by the Club and the Instructors who give their time for free. Please complete the application form and return to Ian.

Ian Mason has kindly offered to do refresher sessions for anyone who has their L2 but feels they need some practice. These will happen anytime Ian is out on the Broad on a Saturday.

Contact Ian if you are interested:    

Powerboat Application 2018

Rules evening

We may be sociable and informal but we race by The Rules and its essential we all understand these

So once again we have arranged a pre-season ‘teach-in’ from Mike McNamara about the racing rules. This will be the third year in a row that he has kindly agreed to do this for us; the others have been very successful (and entertaining) – so don’t miss out.

Basic details:

  • 20 April 2018, time tbc (probably 6.30 for 7pm)
  • Horning Sailing Club (with special thanks to the HSC Committee)
  • Cost: £5 per head
  • Informal gathering in The Swan afterwards.

Many thanks to Carol Watson for making this happen. Do contact her with any queries or special requests

To book your place, please email Carol telling her

  • how many places you want


  • how much money you have transferred by BACS to the NPC account – Please add Reference: Rules [your name] (Account

We will confirm the details nearer the time.

Hope to see you there!

Punt Open July 8/9th 2017

Norfolk Punt Club – Punt Open Event Saturday 8th July / Sunday 9th July 2017


Last weekend saw a great couple of days of British sport at its best, including both British men and women progressing into the second week of Wimbledon, the British Lions drawing their test series against New Zealand, our English Cricketers leading against South Africa, British rowers winning in the World Championships in Lucerne and many of the best sailors of the county’s own unique sailing craft, the Norfolk Punt, taking part in the Norfolk Punt Club’s Punt Open on the beautiful Barton Broad.


The warm sunshine and an ever-changing breeze, in both strength and direction, provided both a challenge for those setting the course and the competitors alike. Unlike any good British sporting weekend the rain stayed away, although threatening clouds gathered late on Sunday afternoon after the series of 5 races had been completed.

All three types of Norfolk Punts took part in this annual Open event. Two ‘traditional’ boats, Decoy and Gamecock, sailed by Bill and Alison Glover and Val and Neville Khambatta respectively took to the water, and while they may have been the oldest boats on the water, built in the mid 1930s, they proved that age is no barrier to competitiveness. Alongside the traditional craft a strong contingent of modern ‘hardchine’ punts, many from Hickling Broad Sailing Club, took part. The ‘hardchine’ punt now form the core fleet within the punt class, all designed to strict class rules, ensuring even and competitive racing. Max and Felix Dixey sailed Jackdaw, one of the latest ‘Morrison’ designs of punt. With twin trapeze wires and full mast head asymmetric spinnaker Jackdaw made for a wonderful sight.

The weekend was one dominated by the skill and sail craft of Richard Whitefoot and James Jarvey sailing their hardchine punt, Comet. The pair were consistent in starting each race well, and settled into a commanding lead during the course of each of the five races throughout the weekend, which they converted into five race wins and eventual winners overall of the Ardea Trophy. Nine punts took part in the event and the battle for the minor places was very keenly fought. Wind shifts made for very interesting tactical battles. Two visiting boats from Hickling, Grebe sailed by Chris and Cliff Haslam and Redwing sailed by Rupert Redington and Steve McKay sparred throughout all five races with sailors from the host club. Chris and Cliff ultimately got the upper hand securing one second and four third places coming in second overall for the series. Val and Neville Khambatta sailing Gamecock, pipped Rupert and Steve securing third place overall for the series.


Race Results:

Race 1: 1st Comet (R Whitefoot), 2nd Gamecock (V Khambatta), 3rd Grebe (C Haslam)

Race 2: 1st Comet (R Whitefoot), 2nd Redwing (R Redington), 3rd Grebe (C Haslam)

Race 3: 1st Comet (R Whitefoot), 2nd Gamecock (V Khambatta), 3rd Grebe (C Haslam)

Race 4: 1st Comet (R Whitefoot), 2nd Redwing (R Redington), 3rd Grebe (C Haslam)

Race 5: 1st Comet (R Whitefoot), 2nd Grebe (C Haslam), 3rd Gamecock (V Khambatta)

Overall Series Result:

Ardea Trophy 1st Comet (Richard Whitefoot), 2nd Grebe (Chris Haslam), 3rd Gamecock (Val Khambatta)


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



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 2017

Bart’s Bash 17th September. 2017

The World’s Largest Sailing Event, this year raising funds for disabled sailing across the world.

Bart’s Bash at the Norfolk Punt Club