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
Are the Racing Rules a mystery?
Do you know the changes following the 2012 Olympics?
Do you want to improve your racing results?
Then you need to go to
THE NPC RACING RULES NIGHT
And let multi-world-champion Mike Macnamara share his wisdom!
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 email@example.com and :
EITHER pay your £5 by BACS: NPC Account number 40680966, Sort code 20-62-53 (Please put Rules and your surname as reference)
OR send a cheque to NPC Rules Night, 25 Damgate Lane Acle Norwich NR13 3DH
Contact is Colin Chettleburgh 01493 750462, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Norfolk Punt Club. 3 Rivers Race Team for
Cancer Research UK in memory of Mark Sawyer.
£3650.00 raised so far for Cancer Research UK with money still coming in.
Thanks to all those members who kindly volunteered to man the Norfolk Punt Club stand at the Go Wild at Barton event (especially the Khambattas for loaning Gamecock). Despite the abject weather we had lots of interest for our social saturdays and the club. Don’t forget the first social saturday is being held on the 17th May and is being run by Tim Edmunds.
Norfolk Punt 40 – Decoy is for sale.
Decoy was built in 1937 by H T Percival of horning based on a Herbert Woods design.
Please contact Harry Scott for more details