Being in the right place (Pictures of the week)
By popular demand I am publishing a series of photographs taken earlier in the season.
It’s more a creation of the week rather than a picture of the week
PLEASE BE PATIENT IT CAN TAKE A LONG TIME TO LOAD
depending on your internet speed. (It will then run automatically)
For those readers who have never heard of a Norfolk Punt – this is one. The Punt has a long history and began life as a wildfowling boat – fairly pointed at each end for access to the reed beds which surround many of the waterways of the Norfolk Broads. Towards the end of the nineteenth century some local boatmen added a sail and the rest is history.
Today Norfolk Punts are very fast racing boats which require a lot of skill and a fair amount of strength to sail well. There are plenty of photographs of them being sailed on my website www.myerscoughpictures.org.uk
For those with concerns about this sequence of pictures
Who are the two being photographed?
Andrew and his daughter Elske
Are they good sailors? Yes
Why did they capsize? It was a stormy day with quite a wind blowing but essentially they went over because the rudder broke
Were they in any danger? Not really. Sharp eyed observers may notice that on some of the pictures there is a red boat a little way away. That is a safety boat which would have intervened if either the helm or crew were in danger.
How come you got the pictures? Pure chance. Punts running at speed often make good pictures and I simply kept on shooting. The breaks in sequence were caused by other Punts getting in the way so I edited out those shots.
Promise – next week I will do something about regatta.