Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Something new, something old at Barton Broad

A highlight of the Home Built Boat Rally at Barton Broad was the launch of Ardilla, Tim O'Connor's newly completed Thames skiff. Beautifully built to Iain Oughtred's classic Acorn design, she is primarily intended for rowing but Tim looks hugely happy sailing her. Ardilla will be at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show the weekend after next.
Another highlight was watching the incredible Norfolk punts racing. Derived from gun punts of yore, these long, slim, purposeful-looking boats go like stink.

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