Correspondents are stars of the Frostbites show

Sunday was a good day for the team of correspondents who contribute towards this column every week.

Frostbites enjoyed their best turnout of the year, when 14 Norfolks started the class race, prompting OOD Paul Tegerdine to run the first split start of the season.

With a south-easterly Force One-Three the first seven boats set off.

Kevin Edwards and Rory Kelsey, David and Kate Mackley, and, to general amazement, your correspondent and John Gilbert led the way, until Edwards made the break to take line honours.

In the second start, John Clabburn and Mike Tims held the lead throughout, with Matthew Thwaites and Tom Percival Cooke battling to keep the Geoffs Coulthard and Evans at bay.


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At the final reckoning only Edwards of the first start made the top five, Clabburn winning with Edwards second and Thwaites third.

The handicap race following went off in one start. Again Edwards was the pace setter, storming ahead to finish a good three minutes ahead of Kate Mackley, who, after three rounds of constant place changing, finally disposed of yours truly to cross the line 10 seconds ahead of him, while John Atkinson and Leona Levine were best of the rest. On applying the handicaps Mallett emerged as winner from Edwards, with Atkinson moving up a place to third just ahead of Mackley.

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Snowflakes also had a good day, contesting the Martin Dugdale Memorial Trophy.

Bernard Westgate, with Andy Fryer was, as a week ago, an early leader in the sometimes blustery conditions all the way to Salhouse on the first round, when Martin's son Richie Dugdale, crewed by George Williams, took over and thereafter controlled the race and, fittingly, took the trophy home.

Roger Claxton, who keeps me informed, was well in the hunt despite running aground in Swan Reach, the river being unusually low, but still managed second, ahead of Ian Hanson and Q Stewart.

At Rollesby a fine south-westerly enabled full use of the Broad to be made by the 19 boats.

Mike and Sam McNamara won the first two Multi-Sail races from John Saddington and Dennis Manning, who were the only starters in the afternoon race.

The Single Handers had mixed fortunes starting when all chose to round one mark the wrong way. Much to the relief of Bob Hawkins, a charitable OOD allowed the result to stand and Hawkins thereby saved his time over second race winner Laurence Milton.

Five came out for the afternoon race including my correspondent Ian Ayres, giving up his Laser, and he won the competition from Eliza Bolton in her Topper.

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