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
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:
- Superb sailing on Barton Broad, one of the best of the Northern Broads.
- Friendly family orientated Club.
- Our unique Floating Club house.
- Quality of our cakes for Sunday afternoon tea.
- Mixed fleets, all boats are welcome.
- Social Saturdays, an opportunity to come and try, and bring family and friends.
16 cruisers turned up to play at the Punt Club Cruiser Open regatta at Barton this weekend. It was good to see several regulars plus some new faces including the Elson family in Sprite 290 and the Drew family in White Heather 317. Nothing like a bit of early indoctrination of the under-fives!!
The wind was very variable, backing and veering around the SSW and never particularly strong but a bit damp during the second race on both days. The biggest problem for the OOD was if or when to shorten course. On both occasions when it was decided to let the fleet go the full three rounds, free showers were ‘enjoyed’ by all! At least it was relatively warm. Some consolation was to be had from the constant flow of hot beverages and cakes served by Fan and James Arthur in the club tea hut.
Geoff and Rose Angell, sporting very new sails on Pippa 24 came third overall. Ritchie Dugdale in Zingara 30 took second place also winning the Achievement Trophy (for the fastest of the fast boats). Overall winner was Glynn Howarth in Beth 82, winning both the Barton Broad Challenge Trophy and the White Horse Cup.
1 Zingara 30 R. Dugdale
2 Matilda 300 A. Landamore
3 Breeze 177 C. Chettleburgh
Barton Broad Challenge Trophy:
1 Beth 82 G. Howarth
2 Pippa 24 G. Angell
3 Amaryllis 375 C. Tuckett
White Horse Trophy (for the overall winner):
Beth 82 G. Howarth
Spring sunshine and a lively southerly breeze greeted over 70 punt club members for the first Sunday racing of the 2016 season. There were a number of new boats to welcome for their first racing particularly in the White boat fleet and Bart Sawyer’s racing warm up session was much appreciated by those who needed to get reacquainted with boat handling and practising their starting technique.
The first series saw some close racing with Kath and Ian Mason in their white boat Cupido taking overall honours in the Allcomers just a few seconds ahead of Paul Wilcox in his laser.,Conditions got slightly more challenging after lunch with some stronger and more shifty wind conditions for the 10 starters in the Allcomers A. Staying just behind Punt 37 Gamecock over the water Liz Chettleburgh in Zephyrus established a commanding lead over the following fleet with Simon Daniels and Peter Robbins in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. James Mason won the Allcomers B and promptly celebrated by capsizing after crossing the finishing line. James claimed the water wasn’t cold and everyone seemed quite happy to take his word for it.
Series 3 saw Ruth and James win the Allcomers A in Gamecock but it was the White boat fleet with 10 starters that saw the most interesting race. Heading up the first beat to Neatishead, Phil Roberts in Herald Moth found himself well to leeward and heading for the east gap. After consulting with tactician Nick Dixey they took the chance and continued through the east gap while the rest of the fleet tacked up through the west gap. The clear air paid off handsomely and Phil established a large lead which he managed to hold onto throughout.
After a well earned tea break enjoyed by all, the last Allcomers race saw 8 starters with Liz Chettleburgh in continued good form winning by a large margin.
With such good conditions and an excellent turnout with some close racing, it was a great start to the season.
Series 1:Allcomers (6) 1 Cupido (K Mason), 2 Piiig (P Wilcox), 3 Silver Blue ( S Daniels)Series 2 :Allcomers B (2) 1 Naughty but nice ( J Mason)Allcomers A (10) 1 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 2 Silver Blue ( S Daniels), 3 Small White ( P Robbins)Series 3:Yare and Bure OD (10) 1 Herald Moth ( Phil Roberts), 2 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 3 Small White ( P Robbins)Allcomers (5) 1 Gamecock (R Owen), 2 Ali Baba ( B Sawyer), Piiig ( P Wilcox)Allcomers (8) 1 Zephyrus ( L Chettleburgh), 2 Small White ( P Robbins), 3 Silver Blue ( S Daniels)
The Punt Club is running two courses for powerboat drivers, and a morning for OOD training
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WHERE: Horning Sailing Club (by kind courtesy of HSC committee)
WHEN: Friday 1st April 2016: Doors open 18.30, start promptly at 19.00
The session will take 2-2.5 hours, including a short comfort break and there will be an informal gathering in the Swan afterwards.
All this for just £5 a head, including free light refreshments!
Places are limited so booking is essential.
To do so, please email Colin Chettleburgh firstname.lastname@example.org and :
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Contact is Colin Chettleburgh 01493 750462, email@example.com
The attached presentation shows a summary of responses.
Members survey analysis
At the first Committee meeting following the survey, the Committee initially agreed that the following should happen;
to investigate options on improving the toilets, the kontiki, seating and shelter at the Punt Club and to consider how to fund any agreed improvements. It is likely that a mixture of specific fundraising, grant applications and future subscriptions will be utilised.
The Committee will also consider how to increase the sailing turnout from current members as well as ways to increase new members and will be looking to increase the number of social events throughout the year.
This was the preliminary outcome of the results of the survey – due to the number of useful comments from members, we will continue to analyse the results and act thereon.
The club will also continue to feed back to the members on a regular basis through the website, newsletters and gatherings.