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A busy weekend at the Norfolk Punt Club

by Alan Davis 21 May 2019 07:06 BST 18-19 May 2019

It was a very busy weekend on the Norfolk Punt Club Pontoon on Barton Broad this weekend, with adult training on the Friday night and Saturday morning, followed by "Push The Boat Out" in support of the RYA's initiative to offer sailing opportunities to as many people as possible.

During the afternoon the Barton Bugs were out sailing under instruction in the Oppies. Youngsters under the age of 8 were put through their paces and the members and the visitors enjoyed seeing the boys and girls demonstrating their skills.

Sunday's racing was slightly more competitive than the Bugs and with a light, but chilly, northerly wind for the Punt Club on Barton Broad. It led to some close racing involving Norfolk Punts, White Boats, Toppers and a Yeoman.

Robin Slatter and Lesley Haines in their faster punt, Lavender, beat Goldeneye, sailed by Dick Roe and Kate Dulieu, over the water three times but on each occasion Dick and Kate were victorious after handicaps were taken into account, but only by the slim margins of 23, 58 and 15 seconds. Dick and Kate also won the morning race and so ended the day with a clean sweep.

Mark and Lenka Luckhurst won the White Boat race despite having to make up ground after being sent back for a false start. Honours were shared with Peter Robbins and Simon Daniels coming out top in other races.

It was good to see juniors in Toppers braving the cold. Kyriel Fynn had a particularly successful day with two firsts in "Allcomers B" and a third in the combined race.

Overall Results:

Series 1 11:30 - Combined Allcomers
1. Dick Roe, Punt 25
2. Peter Robbins, Yare & Bure 115
3. Kyriel Fynn, Topper 22047

Series 2 13:25 - Combined Allcomers
1. Dick Roe, Punt 25
2. Robin Slatter, Punt 32
3. Peter Robbins, Yare & Bure 115

Series 3 14:30

Yare & Bure (white boats)
1. Mark Luckhurst, 46 Camberwell Beauty
2. Simon Daniels, 54 Silver Blue
3. Peter Robbins, 115 Small White

Allcomers A
1. Dick Roe, Punt 25
2. Robin Slatter, Punt 32

Allcomers B
1. Kyriel Fynn, Topper 22047
2. Riley Mills, Topper 47488
3. James Shorten, Topper 7230

Series 4 16:00 - Combined Allcomers
1. Dick Roe, Punt 25
2. Robin Slatter, Punt 32
3. Simon Daniels, Yare & Bure 54

A big thanks to all those members who helped make Saturday's events so successful.

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