Charity the winner at Acle Regatta

Norfolk Punt Club entertained Royal Thames YC in a five-race team match sailed in YBODs, duly won 4-1 by the hosts. The visitors presented a trophy which will be competed for in future years.

Acle Regatta is steeped in tradition. Managed from a base ship alongside the river, and with a refreshment marquee and other attractions, it raises around £1,000 annually, this year for Acle Voluntary Aid (AVA), Macmillan Cancer Support, and Brundall and Blofield Scouts, and Sailability. Last year's donations to AVA, Alzheimers, and Sailability were presented on Sunday.

Entries this year were slightly down, but still justifed three separate starts for the 12-15 Cruisers which came to the line. The only disappointment was that Paul Howes, sailing YBOD Purple Emperor, had no competition, and had to mix it with the big boys.

Conditions were unusually clement, with a south-westerly Force 1-2 keeping the fleet moving on Saturday afternoon's race for the Derek Roll Trophy, won by Adrian Lincoln in a generally uneventful contest after some excellent starts.

Sunday produced more wind, around Force 2-3 in the morning for the Pursuit Race when Martin Thompson helmed Dryad to success.

The afternoon race, an average lap format for the Cordy Cup, was spoilt when the wind swung and built up to Force 4 gusting 6 damaging two of the starters and prompting another five to retire when their topsails proved excessive. Dryad, now helmed by Tim Frary, again came out on top, from Paul Stevens and Phil Davies, and this was good enough to win the Acle SC Shield for the weekend for Dryad's helms, with Roger Wilson second in his 101 year old Halcyon just pipping Paul Stevens.


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• Tim Barrett won NBYC's Open BOD meeting for the historic NBYC BOD Challenge Trophy, which started life decades ago at Horsey. The winner counted two firsts and a second, with Jimmy Tubby a mere point adrift in second. Ali Clabburn won the first race, and the other gun takers were Will Bentall (one second) and thirds for Peter George, Tim Mobbs, and Ian Masters.

• Norfolk Punt Club entertained Royal Thames YC in a five-race team match sailed in YBODs – duly won 4-1 by the hosts.

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• Eric Smith, familiar to local sailors as Jeckells' salesman and, latterly Sales Director from 1947 until the mid 1980's, died last week aged 91. Soon after joining Jeckells he, with Jolyon Brierley, Les Ramuz, and others formed Snowflakes SC as an alternative to Frostbites, and, with Eric as founder Commodore, they started racing off his riverside bungalow at Potter Heigham for a few years before moving to Horning.

Around 1958 Eric won the first ever Broads Area Enterprise Championship, complete with an imposing trophy which he later donated to Horning SC with the wish that it should be applied for a race to 'incorporate seamanship and navigational skills rather than routine sailing round the cans'.

In due course, David Hastings, then Sailing Secretary, Peter Mallender (Commodore) and other senior members, dreamed up an all night race, and, in 1961 the first ever Three Rivers race was sailed, and Eric's trophy became the original Three Rivers Race Trophy.

Eric was blessed with a whimsical sense of humour manifested in various contributions to Horning's Enterprise newsletter Blue Sails. There will be a Memorial Service tomorrow week at Belaugh Parish Church at 11am.

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