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Norfolk Punt Open Meeting at the Norfolk Punt Club

by Caroline Dixey 10 Jul 2012 23:31 BST 7-8 July 2012
Punt racing on Barton Broad © Simon Jenner

The Punt Open hosted by the Norfolk Punt Club at Barton Broad on 7/8 July attracted eight entries for the five race series despite the very unfavourable weather forecast for the weekend. It was an interesting entry with three Morrisons, three hard chines and two traditional punts, with carefully varied courses set to test the different Punt designs.

On the Saturday the winds were mostly strong southerly with some testing upper force four gusts. The first race was won by Simon and Rachel Clayton in Peregine. The second race saw several capsizes and was won by Mark Elson & Howard Bolton in Snark. By the third race half of the fleet had fallen by the wayside but Peregrine again led the field.

Sunday saw the winds back by 180 degrees to north to north west, much lighter than the day before and with six entries. Racing was close but both races were won by Brian Wilkins and Chris Tuckett in Shoveller. Mike Griffin in White Eagle was unlucky to be forced to retire due to a torn mainsail during the first race and this left the first two overall positions to be hotly contested by hard chine Shoveller with Brian Wilkins and Chris Tuckett and Morrison Peregrine with Simon and Rachel Clayton.

After taking account of the discards the two boats had the same number of points so the final positions were decided on the results of the final race, which saw Shoveller triumph. Third place was Mark Elson crewed by Howard Bolton in Snark.

Top Three

1 Shoveller - Brian Wilkins & Chris Tuckett (NPC)
2 Peregrine - Simon & Rachel Clayton (HBSC)
3 Snark - Mark Elson & Howard Bolton (NPC)

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