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Kittiwake first over the line to take honours at Snowflake Sailing Club

PUBLISHED: 11:54 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 13 December 2017

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

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The sleet arrived as the Yeoman prepared to start at Snowflake Sailing Club.

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Three Yeoman started, although one was slightly later than the other two.

Yeoman 103 (Kittiwake, Ian Hanson and Q Stewart) was in the lead off the line with 86 (Peridot, Sarah Knight) about 100 yards behind as 91 (Brandy Bottle, Paul Barker) came over the line.

Within a couple of minutes, they were all close together. The Yeoman seemed to take an age to get around the mark down The Street and when they returned Yeoman 103 and Yeoman 91 were close together having swapped places when out of sight.

By the time they reached the mark by the clubhouse Kittiwake had put their spinnaker away whereas Brandy Bottle continued to use theirs going towards the next mark, on the corner past the clubhouse.

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

The use of the spinnaker didn’t pay off and Kittiwake led coming back. The race was shortened at the end of the second lap, the sailors needing to thaw out.

Kittiwake was first over the line, beating Brandy Bottle by two and a half minutes, Peridot was third. For some reason there was a lack of interest to go out again, so the Yeoman sailors called it a day and went inside to warm-up.

The dinghies started in the opposite direction to normal and all bar one managed to be on the wrong side of the start line. Eventually three Lasers and three Toppers started with a Fireball after them, due to problems.

The Fireball problems continued after they started and they retired. The fleet then split in two, the Lasers leading the Toppers.

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman Action from Snowflake Sailing Club at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

It was hard work going down The Street on the first lap but that improved on the second. The Toppers struggled at times with the sudden lack of wind, especially in front of the clubhouse. Matthew Thwaite (Laser 137349) and Chris Haslam (Laser Radial 180316) were very close at the end of the first lap. This then changed by the end of the second lap with Matthew Thwaite and Richie Dugdale (Laser 146420) now very close.

There was then a mishap and a broken mast which meant Matthew Thwaite unfortunately had to retire. In the end it was Chris Haslam (Laser Radial 180316) who won on handicap and his sister Emily (Topper 1705, Top Banana) who came second.

Only two Lasers and the Fireball were brave enough to go out a second time. All three were close together for both laps, all finishing within two minutes of each other.

The Fireball, Phoenix, sail number 13868 (Edward Wildman and Toby Pearce) were first over the line. After handicaps were taken into consideration Chris Haslam again took the honours with Richie Dugdale second.

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