The Norfolk Punt Club, based on Barton Broad in Norfolk is welcoming visitors to come and try sailing and enjoy tea and cake on the pontoon on Saturday 18 May. The Club is offering visitors the chance to sail (free of charge) in a range of boats, including the very fast Norfolk Punt (recently featured on the BBC), dinghies, keelboats and river cruisers.
Experienced skippers will take visitors around beautiful Barton Broad to see the wildlife, and those attending will be able to sample the delights of a ‘Punt Club Afternoon Tea’ on the pontoon in the middle of the Broad. The Club will provide “water taxis” from Barton Turf Staithe to ferry visitors out to the pontoon at 12.30pm and 14.00pm. Taxis will bring visitors back at 16.30pm.
Club Commodore Alex Craker said: “There is always a happy atmosphere on the pontoon, so please feel free to bring a picnic and a few pounds for tea and cake. We can lend you buoyancy aids but please dress in suitable clothing that will keep you warm and can suffer splashing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.”
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The Norfolk Punt Club’s event is one of many being held at clubs up and down the country including dozens in the East. Clubs are opening up their doors to the public for a day or more to have a go at sailing or windsurfing throughout the month.
RYA Programmes Manager, Michelle Gent, commented: “We are delighted that for the second year running, Push the Boat Out will be returning for the whole of May. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sailor looking for a way back in to the sport, there will be something for everyone - find out what’s going on in your local area and get involved."
The national participation campaign run by the RYA aims to make the water more accessible whatever your age, background or ability - getting more people sailing, windsurfing, having fun and getting active outdoors.
All safety equipment is provided, so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be also be available at many venues, with a host of shore-side activities and entertainment to enjoy too.
Last year, more than 39,000 people across the UK attended a PTBO open day, inspiring thousands of new sailors to join their local club.
Find out more about the Push the Boat Out campaign and events near you at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo or more about the Norfolk Punt Club.