Sunday, 17 October 2010

Sailing Break in Norfolk

Typhoon with mascot Tigger
Every year in October I stop work, down tools and travel to Norfolk for the annual Barton sailing Regatta. It is a unique sailing holiday where a few brave hire companies hire their yachts to a group of mad would be olympic sailers! I have been going since 1992 and just love both the racing and the singing in the bars afterwards.

The picture on the left shows our main racing tool TIGGER who frightens the opposition and keeps the wind in our sails!
Typhoon under sail

 This year we hired Typhoon which is a change for me as I usually go for gaff rigged boats but I fancied a change(and a bit more comfort) and so went for this boat with full standing headroom (in 6ft 4in!) 
My crew Simon left Dave right 

My Son Simon has sailed with me for many years and along with my building buddy on Spraymaker Dave, we made a good team

The competition is good!
 Here we are aproaching a windward mark, this is our first year in the B fleet as I have always sailed in the A with the gaffers but the sailers of these bermudan rigged boats are as keen as mustard!

A wet Father and Son moment
 We only had one rainy day all week but it didn't dampen our spirits, as I live in Spain and Simon is in the UK its a great chance for us to spend time together doing something we both love
Lots of handbagage for Ryanair
 This year luck was on our side and we took the silverware. It was a great team effort and I am proud to say that my son is hiring his own boat next year and sailing against me!
Tiger watches the end to a perfect sailing holiday
Tigger says goodbye to The Norfolk Broads for another year, he will be back!

For now its back to building SPRAYMAKER

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