Richard Whitefoot takes overall victory at Norfolk Punt Championships
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The Norfolk Punt Championships held at Barton Broad took place in typically windy conditions last weekend.
Wind on the Saturday was steady in a westerly direction, but variable in strength ranging from a force three, gusting up to force five.
The inconsistency of wind speed proved a real test for the competitors with Andrew Friend in Blackbird (74) the biggest victim of the sudden increase in wind, capsizing his boat onto a channel marker having just taken the lead over the water on race one.
The first race was won by a traditional boat, Gamecock (37 - helm Ruth Owen). The two other races on Saturday were won by Richard Whitefoot in Comet (102) who was having a close tussle with previous multiple winner James Jarvey (Harnser - 51) who finished second in both.
The wind had reduced slightly on Sunday but was still westerly and variable in speed to keep competitors on their toes. Richard Whitefoot won the fourth race with James Jarvey coming a close second and whilst Jarvey won the last race from Jane Pye in Snowgoose (96), Richard Whitefoot had done enough over the previous races to win the overall Championship Cup, the Hardchine Trophy and the Progress Challenge Cup. James Jarvey was second in the championships with Jane Pye third.
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