The NSBA Inter-Club Championship: WOBYC Host and Win the Ramuz

The winning WOBYC team in the Ramuz Trophy, 2011

WOBYC Winners pass the Club House.

The NSBA InterClub Championship was sailed for the first time in Access 303 dinghies, with able bodied and disabled sailors competing on even terms. The event was hosted by WOBYC on Sunday 25th September with Waveney Sailability providing boats. 303s are designed for sailors with disabilities and have joystick rather than tiller control.

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.

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