Snowflakes Sailing Club enjoy an excellent day’s racing in Len Ramuz’s memory
PUBLISHED: 11:20 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 28 February 2018
Snowflakes Sailing Club enjoyed a splendid day’s winter sailing at the weekend with a bright warm sun and a good, if slightly inconsistent, breeze.
The last few Sundays of the 2018 season are a series of one off races.
The weekend’s races were in memory of Len Ramuz, who lived by South Walsham Broad.
Each year at this time the club would race to his house downriver in an open event for the Ramuz Trophy.
Len provided a venue for lunch and a rest before the race back up river for the Hong Kong Trophy.
This was donated to the club by Mollie Howes after her son Paul spent some time in Hong Kong.
The race officer decided that the downriver theme would be too much in the prevailing conditions so a long lap course was set with a time limit of around two hours.
Thanks in part to the lovely weather and promising sailing conditions the one start race blasted off at 1100 with a strong fleet.
The four Yeoman quickly benefited from the wind fluctuations and spinnakers were hoisted in every direction it seemed.
This gave the eight Lasers and two Toppers a real challenge as even with handicaps the Yeoman looked dominant.
However, it must be noted that both Brandy Bottle and Lara in the Yeoman fleet managed to go aground as they tacked into an unusually open mooring spot just opposite The Swan Inn.
Further downriver, they thought out of site, two Lasers attempted some early spring tree lopping much to the irritation of the sailors.
These mishaps taken into account, the winner was Gary Ross in Yeoman Topaz with Chris Haslam in Laser Perdy just three minutes behind after handicaps.
The race back, as such, was really a slightly shorter version of the morning laps with just four Lasers and two Toppers.
Chris Haslam in Laser Perdy was somewhat elated to win the race for the third year in a row.