Friday, 13 June 2014

Punting at Beale

This is a racing punt from Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton, with one of the club's most senior members in the stern and a rather junior but clearly very proficient member in the bow.
Although apparently this punt cannot be raced. Proper racing punts are made in matched pairs, known as 'best and best', and this one is a singularity. It was one of Mark Edwards's first commissions, and although it is just as narrow and tippy as proper racing punts is also slightly shorter because of the limited space available in Mark's workshop at the time.
I know you will be disappointed, but there is no picture of me pricking this punt. I simply hate driving in wet knickers.

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