Ramuz 2016 start of final © Janet Gilmour
The NSBA InterClub Championship for the Ramuz Trophy was sailed on 10 September, hosted by Rollesby Broad SC and sailed in Wayfarers, provided by Club members. Many of the Broads area top dinghy sailors, representing fourteen local clubs took part in the event.
Four back to back heats were sailed and the top six clubs went on to sail in the final. The weather was overcast and a variable southerly wind blew up the Broad for most of the day. In Heat 1 NBYC, represented by Ian Richardson and Adam Barker took an early lead and held their position throughout the race. In Heat 2 the first three places were determined in the first round with the local sailors Ian and Sharon Ayres representing the home club finishing ahead of HBSC and SFSC. In Heat 3 NBYC had another win and Rollesby recorded a second place with Simon and Caroline Marfleet representing WOBYC third to cross the line.
In Heat 4, the racing was much closer with positions changing constantly. Peter Dearnley and Dinah Slatter for HBSC took an early lead and had a close battle with Jane Pye and Chris Haslam sailing for Snowflakes SC. SFSC pulled ahead of HBSC in the last round to take the bell. NFSC sailors Paul and Pat Tegerdine worked their way through the fleet from sixth at the end of the first round to finish in 3rd position.
After lunch the six finalists took to the water sailing a lengthen course, as the weather closed in. The first round was very close with SFSC and HBSC battling it out at the front of the fleet. In the second round WOBYC overtook HBSC as Jane Pye eased ahead and kept her position to take the Ramuz Trophy on behalf of SFSC – a great way to celebrate her birthday.
The magnificent Trophy was presented to Jane and Chris for Snowflakes SC by Rollesby Broad Commodore and OD for the day John Saddington, along with commemorative glasses for all finalists. NSBA Chairman Brian Wilkins thanked the host Club for organising such a good event, and the members for lending their boats and all competitors for participating. We are grateful to Alan Boswell Insurance Group for covering the event.
Heat 1 1st NBYC, 2nd NPC, 3rd GYGSC
Heat 2 1st RBSC, 2nd HBSC, 3rd SFSC
Heat 3 1st NBYC, 2nd RBSC, 3rd WOBYC
Heat 4 1st SFSC, 2nd HBSC, 3rd NFSC
1st Snowflakes SC – Jane Pye and Chris Haslam
2nd Waveney & Oulton Broad YC – Simon and Caroline Marfleet
3rd Hickling Broad SC – Peter Dearnley and Dinah Slatter
4th Gt Yarmouth & Gorleston SC – Richard Brown and Robyn Ollington
5th Norfolk Broads YC – Ian Richardson and Adam Barker
6th Rollesby Broad SC – Ian and Sharon Ayres