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Hardy Snowflake sailors brave the cold

PUBLISHED: 10:03 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 17 January 2018

Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

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Dismal, bone-chillingly cold and windless conditions failed to prevent five hardy Yeoman crews and six dinghies from venturing out to test their slow sailing skills at Snowflake SC.

Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Coaches were on hand to give training tips and GoPro cameras were used to film and highlight coaching points.

The Yeomans set off first, dinghies five minutes after. The course was a reverse of the normal up-river and return, so down-river first with the little tide there was, then around marker number one and a slow haul back towards the clubhouse and then up-river to the broad entrance. The dinghies rapidly caught the Yeoman and the mixed fleet closely bunched together looked good, even if the sailing was slow.

Yeoman White Spirit, helmed by Michael Holmes, took the honours. The dinghy races were won by Chris Haslam in Laser Perdy and Edward Wildman in Laser 68911. Wildman took the day on time difference.

Club member Izzy Barham-Brown leaves this week for a four-month coaching experience in a New Zealand Sailing Club.

Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman Action from Snowflake SC at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Meanwhile, for the first time in several weeks more than 20 boats raced at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club, taking advantage of much lighter wind than has been the norm this winter.

Brimstone, sailed by Bryan and Jenny Riley, dominated the Squib fleet, winning both races by comfortable margins. Ian Keely and Pete Matthews in Supernova managed to hold off the challenge of David Gooch and Gilly Foulds in Penny B to take second place in race one and then in race two it was Drips, sailed by Rob Catchpole and Richard Barrett, which came second with Penny B again third.

Veronica Falat in her Streaker was also having a good morning, winning both Fast Handicap races on corrected time. In race one Alan Cone’s Solo was second and Simon Beckett’s Laser third, but in race two Ben Falat’s Phantom and Richard Fryer’s RS400 pulled out a lead big enough to beat everyone except the Streaker.

The Slow Handicap racing seems to have boiled down to match racing in the club’s Wanderer dinghies – James Nourse leads brother Edward; both crewed by junior sailors.

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