Arthur Mann Memorial Trophy success for Hubbard and Woodcock

Frostbites welcomed Dorothy Mann and her daughters Julie and Rosemary on Sunday to watch the annual sealed handicap race for the Arthur Mann Memorial Trophy.

The 11 starters enjoyed a four-lap race in a pleasant F1-2 south-westerly which had built up enough to enable the full length course to be sailed.

First race pace-setters Kevin Edwards, crewed by Rory Kelsey, and Sam Woodcock with Jane Aldiss, were joined by Kate and David Mackley, and this trio set the pace.

However, Pat Woodcock and Jan Hubbard, who have not had the best of seasons so far, excelled themselves by challenging the three leaders, and indeed got ahead of Kate for much of the early stages of the race.

Edwards finished just one minute ahead of Kate, who had pulled through well to gain a minute advantage over Sam Woodcock, but it was his mother and Jan Hubbard who, finishing a further minute adrift but well clear of the rest, took the laurels as Race officer Paul Tegerdine's abacus ruled that they emerged victorious by almost a minute over Kate.

Edwards was third with two minutes to spare over Sam Woodcock. Earlier, Woodcock and Aldiss had won comfortably over the water and, on handicap, Edwards, who succumbed to David Yapp and Ray Johnson on handicap.

Rollesby also had a good, sunny, but cold day with over 20 boats on the water for three races. Solos, visiting and home based, dominated the single-sail fleet, and they held their own, despite Darren Pike (Phantom) and Dave Houghton (RS300) fighting out of a compact start to take the lead.

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Once clear of the first mark, opening the gap was the priority, but conditions did not favour them as the Solos swept through on handicap.

However, Houghton did enough to save his time on handicap in the second race ahead of Bob Hawkins.

Meanwhile the multi-sails saw Chris Sallis earn a win in his D-1 from Bob Sparrow and Tony Gibbs, who were compensated by a fine second race win ahead of Chris Toothill, in his Stratos, while Don Onions earned a second third place in his RS400. The afternoon race saw another win for Houghton, while Sparrow and Gibbs had to work hard to relieve Jon Pulfer and Dennis Manning of the burden of leading the rest, Jon making a guest appearance in Manning's Wayfarer, and they finished in that order.

Snowflakes had a quiet day, Ian Hanson and Q Stewart being chased all the way in the first Yeoman race by Bernard Westgate and Andy Fryer in very light winds. In the second race John Parker and Jane Pye won easily from Hanson.

The Lasers dominated the dinghy fleet, with C Drew emerging best of the bunch with two wins out of three, and only James Patience challenging their dominance in his RS500.

Richard Hannant gained a second race win, while Natalie Stiff and Henry Whipp both earned guns, the latter in his first race at Snowflakes.

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