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      SAILING 2017

Each Autumn a number of yachts compete in the hire boat sailing regatta on Barton Broad. Over 30 yachts can take part in this event which includes a series of races in the beautiful surroundings of Barton Broad and a programme of social events covering 3  evenings, culminating in the Regatta dinner and prize-giving.


The regatta is a long established and highly popular event, providing the opportunity for competitive sailing and great company. Participants require a reasonable level of sailing ability, with confidence to handle a yacht in company with others.

My interest is the chance to get a break from everything else and this is brilliant for the photo’s which follow and my love of small boats and the opportunity to help (rescue!) the friends who take part.

I have taken my little boat on to the broads  every year for over 35 years.


There are a number of people who take part each year and now there are places available for new members of this group as unfortunately some of us get older and become unable to continue so some new young (or old) competitors will be more than welcome so please use the link below and register your interest!


The boats are were provided by Eastwood Whelpton Ltd - Upton   and by  Martham Boats                            

The date for 2017 is 7th to 14th October.

The regatta is sponsored by Waterways Holidays.

Next - if you would like a copy of any of the pictures - Right click and get the file name from properties - for example DSCF1234.jpg - Then e-mail me and I will send you a copy of the original file (Each one is approx 2.5mb so will only get 2 files per e-mail but I will send as many as you request)  The Web pictures are much smaller so that the pages will display reasonably quickly

AND  any pictures you have, can be e-mailed, and will be shown on this page

- Please keep the e-mails to less than 20mb total size -  Send to   Paul @ 77777.co.uk

End of August thro' to start of October - 

Information Pictures until the boats are on the broad - >  21st September from next to the pontoon

From near the island and some sailing in the consistent wind

From near the post in line with the end of the shingle bank marked by green buoys -

The green buoys used to be in a straight line.

The two which are close are on the line of the shingle bank

The other one - out to the left of the picture appears to be


             dragged out of line


             marks something which has sunk

Pretty sure it's just in the wrong place

So when you are sailing please assume the bar reaches

more than twice as far as the remaining buoys!




Some of the pictures look OK but I still need to improve and remember to take the spare batteries!

Sunday pictures have only produced a media error so there are none - very disapointing - I have changed the storage card and all appears to be working now.


The day started slightly misty with a very light breeze - the wind increased a little later in the day.

  Now arriving on the broad > > >

  Next are pictures from the first race - centred on buoy 2

I like lunch !

2nd race - from Neatishead buoy

                Spectator and        -           -               -                       -                                          -             wrong race                                   V V

More from 2nd Race

Memory card full so no pictures of 3rd race.

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  Tuesday pictures follow below     Started sunny with an ideal sailing wind then clouded over later in the day.


Lunch > is getting better!


Pictures -  a few covering 2nd and 3rd race

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   A warm day with a strong wind 2 reefs and then race 3 abandoned as the wind was too strong.

And Ian lost his boat to the pirates - But they could not start the engine - so I forgot to photograph the days lunch which was significantly liquid again!

And some of the 2nd race - with more wind and spray on the camera in some pictures.

That's all for Wednesday - last race was abandoned.       

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Started warm and with a good sailing wind <>  Some exciting moments with good pictures.


   About now is when we stopped for a short lunch and to try and find where some more crew were waiting to be picked up!







More pictures of the afternoon races follow below





From Saturday's fishing trip >> a small 22" Pike on a 9" lure


If you have got this far down the page, thank you for your interest.


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Hoping for more pictures - If you have any please let me know so they can be shared on this page.


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