photo: Ian Barker
NSBA BROADS AREA INTER-CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FOR RAMUZ TROPHY
The 2012 Championship was hosted by the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association on Filby Broad on Sunday 9 September. Teams from 15 sailing clubs sailed two races each to determine the six finalists. The event took place in Wayfarers, Hartley Mark 4s with some from the 8th Norwich Sea Scouts supplementing those of NSSA itself. With 15 teams and only eight boats, the NSSA hosts were kept busy. Hardened winning Wayfarer crews had to adapt to sailing school rigs and controls, and to the local waters. The attractive broadside location for the large contingent of supporters enabled an excellent view of the five races on the competitive courses set and was much appreciated on a splendid sunny day. Mollie Howes, herself longtime organiser of the event, presented the prestigious trophy to the winners, Richard Smith and Veronica Falat representing WOBYC, this club retaining the trophy for a second year.
Join us on the River Bure at Horning on 15 September this year to see if WOBYC make it 3 years running!
photo: Annetta Evans
One hundred and one young sailors from seven member clubs competed this year’s Broadland Youth Regatta on Hickling Broad on September 3rd. The sun shone, the breeze was fresh, southerly and warm. Four races were sailed on a championship course.
With skill levels from near novice to Broadland elite – sailors up to 18 who have risen through RYA Zone Squads, Youth Class Open meetings and National Championships – competition was fierce but fair, umpired by International Sailing Judge Peter Fitt from West Mersea.
As well as racing for the honours in each of four Classes -Toppers, Optimists, Fast and Slow Handicap – six teams raced for honour of Top Club: The Centenary Salver going to Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, with the host Club Hickling Broad second and Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club third, Beccles Amateur Sailing Club fourth, Norfolk Punt Club fifth and Horning Sailing Club sixth.
The Fast Handicap start of 19 entries was won by Michael Cullum from the host’s HBSC sailing a Laser, Jamie freeman from WOBYC was second also in a Laser, and Toby Percival (HBSC) was 3rd sailing a Laser 4.7.
The Slow Handicap start of 19 entries was won by WOBYC’s George Catchpole sailing an RS Tera Pro, 2nd was the all girl team of Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake sailing one of HBSC’s Broads Authority sponsored RS Fevas and 3rd was James Dennis (HBSC) in another RS Tera Pro.
Out of the largest fleet of 38 Toppers, NBYC’s Emily King took top place, Hugh Braidwood (Beccles ASC) was 2nd and WOBYC’s Jemma Smalls was 3rd. Finally, in the 13 strong Optimist fleet, NBYC swept the field with 1st 2nd, 3rd 4th and 6th places, led by Billy “Whizz” Johnson, Mack Mackay and William Pank.
Popular recipient of the Lady Mayhew Trophy for Endeavour, to the sailor demonstrating great determination in adversity, perseverance and “true grit”, was young James How from BASC, who despite capsizing his Optimist Dinghy and filling up, righted and carried on, baling furiously while beating to the finishing line in race 3. In this his first year racing, James completed all four races.
The Whelpton Trophy, presented by Ann Whelpton in memory of late husband Tim, was awarded to top two handed dinghy pairing Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake from HBSC. The trophies were presented by Stephen Johnson, Chairman of the Broads Authority, who said he was delighted to take part in such a fabulous event show casing the best of Broadland youth and junior sailing. Mark Wells, Chairman of the NSBA, thanked HBSC Club Commodore Trish Hudson and her team for competently hosting this, the largest youth event in the region, and sponsors Boats ‘n Bits, MBS trophies and Samuels Shirts.
Broadland Youth Regatta fields fleet of 101 on breezy Hickling Broad
(Video supplied by Holly Hancock. Used with Permission)
Ten clubs took part on a sunny afternoon with a reasonable breeze. The 303s were a challenge for some of the region’s top sailors.In the first heat WOBYC sailors Richard Smith and Bethany Freeman were first with Michael Cullum and Chris Barker representing HBSC second, and Beccles sailors Jonanthan and Edward Blankley taking the third position. Waveney Sailabilty representive Alan Harmer and Vic Pennell were a close fourth.
In Heat 2 Great Yarmouth & Gorleston sailors Phillip Highfield and Tamsin Butcher finished ahead of the fleet with Snowflakes sailors Richard Dugdale and James Patience in second and Tony and Oliver Knights, representing the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC, third.
The six teams battled it out in the final. WOBYC’s Richard & Bethany sailed clear to take first place ahead of Snowflakes and Beccles. The Ramuz Trophy was presented by RYA East Chairman Fiona Wylie and commemorative glasses were presented to all finalists.