Norfolk Punt Club mix racing with Royal Wedding party

PUBLISHED: 08:52 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:52 23 May 2018

Action from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin Myerscough

Action from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin Myerscough


Members of the Norfolk Punt Club welcomed 30 guests to enjoy the delights of sailing on Barton Broad on Saturday as part of the RYA’s annual ‘Push the Boat Out’ event, aimed at encouraging interest and participation in sailing.

Action from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin MyerscoughAction from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin Myerscough

Not only was the weather kind for the royal wedding, it was perfect on Barton Broad as well.

The sun shone and a gentle breeze filled the sails of a variety of traditional and modern broads sailing craft. Not wishing to miss out on Royal celebrations a TV was rigged up in the middle of the broad, and club members and guests toasted the Royal couple and enjoyed the delights of the Punt Club’s famous tea hut, in what may have been one of the more unusual and unique locations for a Royal Wedding party.

The next day, although still bright and sunny, brought a cooler, flukier easterly wind. A small fleet of YBODs were joined by a bittern, a solo and a splash for the normal club sailing programme.

For the most part the breeze was very light and which boat had wind and when was a bit random! The course was set to give chances of a beat on three different legs. Eventually, after tea, more breeze filled in for a more purposeful race at the end of the day.

Action from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin MyerscoughAction from Norfolk Punt Club. Picture: Robin Myerscough

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It was a slow start for Horning Sailing Club’s Downriver race to Thurne on Sunday, with 10 boats making their way along the River Bure to Thurne Mouth.

Unusually, racing was started from the Staithe at Horning Church and, given the continuing light breeze, required the race team to meet the boats en route on the return leg to finish them.

In the River Cruisers it was George Brewis who came out on top, winning in each direction, Kevin Edwards achieving the same feat in Rebel Maid, which was back on the water after a number of years, joining three other Rebels in the largest fleet of the day.

Meanwhile, Saturday evening saw the second Sundown Series of races take place, with a variety of craft from keelboats to dinghies taking part, the relaxed racing style proving popular with members.

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