At the NSBA Annual General Meeting held at the Brundall Motor Yacht Club on 3 December 2012, Flip Foulds was presented with the Tim Whelpton trophy for outstanding sailing achievement by a young person at national or international level. Mike Evans, president of the NSBA, explained how starting with the Optimist class, Flip progressed into a variety of dinghies, including Topper, RS200 and Albacore, achieving success at National and European level.
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
Georgina Povall, just 17, recalls that is only a few seasons since she entered the NSBA’s Broadland Youth Regatta as her first major event. By last Autumn, as rescue helicopters scoured the skies searching for a sinking ship, she was squad training in gale force winds off the North Welsh coast. The transformation from rookie to serious competitive sailor has seen Georgina rise through the ranks of Britain’s top female Laser sailors. Her progress was recognised by the NSBA at its AGM (November) when it awarded her the Tim Whelpton Trophy for young sailing achievement at national or international level.
The one-off trophy, a silver representation of the proa Crossbow at speed, was donated to the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association by Ann Whelpton, Tim’s Widow. Tim built Crossbow and sailed her with Sir Timothy Colman when she took the world speed sailing record, and was the first sailing boat to be timed at over 30 miles per hour.
Georgina Povall’s schedule for the last 12 months illustrates the height of her achievement. During that period she has been transitioning from the smaller Laser 4.7 rig to the ladies’ Olympic class, the Laser Radial, having already progressed through the Topper and Laser 4.7 National Junior Squads. She competed in the Radial at national qualification events in the spring of 2011 and was selected for the RYA GBR National youth squad, ranked third girl overall in the UK.
At the RYA Youth National Championships at Hayling Island in March this year, Georgina was third youth girl and posted a top five finish in the last race.
In July she took bronze at the Laser 4.7 European Championships at Workum in the Netherlands. In the senior and even more competitive Laser Radial fleet, she was placed sixth overall, third youth and first GBR sailor in the Europa Cup at Warnemunde in Germany.
Following that, she attended her first Radial Youth Worlds at La Rochelle, France. Still finder her feet there, she exceeded expectations, both qualifying for the gold fleet and posting top ten results. The summer season finale was an invitation to train with the Olympic development squad at Weymouth.
Georgina still enjoys sailing in Norfolk, particularly her home club, Hickling Broad SC, which she describes as the best in the county. This autumn she sailed again in the NSBA’s Broadland Youth Regatta, held there. Sailing a double-handed RS Feva with fellow club member Rebecca Sheldrake, they together won the trophy for top helm and crew.
As well as the Tim Whelpton Trophy, Georgina has been nominated for the RYA Sports Aid, Lloyds TSB ‘Local Heroes’ scheme. But in case anybody thinks Georgina’s life is one track, this summer she studied hard to gain 9 GCSEs, seven of them A or A*. She also found time to earn a dinghy instructor qualification.
Also at the AGM, Mark Wells presented Mollie Howes with Life Membership of the Association, in recognition of her long service on the General Purposes Committee. For most of that period she was the organiser of the Association’s Inter-Club Championship, the Ramuz Trophy.
Prof. Richard Card was elected the NSBA’s new Chairman. He takes over from Mark Wells, standing down after three years in the post.
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.