Sailing in the sunshine with a 100 year old lady

Last weekend’s Punt Open Regatta on Barton Broad was idyllic. Lots of sunshine to tempt out the crews and a fair wind – not quite true – a fairly gusty wind if the truth is known.

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Lots of action pictures.

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Lots of hiking out just for the cameras

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And even a chance to put up a spinnaker or two.

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For me the star of the show was Prawn a punt which was built in 1918 and which in two week’s time celebrates its 100th birthday.

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She is unquestionably a beautiful boat, carefully and lovingly restored by Bill and Alison Glover. Prawn is smaller than modern day racing punts and is more like the dimensions that the old gun-punts used by the wildfowlers. The shape of her sails is also distinctive and quite different from those used on more recent craft.

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Bill reckons that she sails well in light winds and can be a real challenge to the big boys but can be much more of a handful when conditions are rough.

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Nevertheless she put up a good display on Saturday in testing conditions. From a photography point of view Prawn is a great boat – not only does she have sleek compact lines, but because she carries much less sail, she is easier to catch up and is a delight to watch.

Happy birthday Prawn

 

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