Frary takes the honours

The nine Cruisers which contested the Funnell Trophy at NBYC's final Open of the year met in mixed conditions.

The first race, at lunchtime, was sailed in winds of undetectable origin and minimal power resulting in winner Maidie, (Mike Barnes team) taking 70 rather damp minutes to complete a round and a half and the last finisher close on two hours.

Unsurprisingly the programme was smartly adjusted to sail three races on Sunday, when there was a decent wind down the broad for the seven who turned out.

Tim Frary made the best of it with wins in the final two races to displace Richard Parker who, until the final race, had held a single point advantage over Frary. However, Frary's win settled it, and Parker could in any case only manage fifth, still good enough to gain second spot by one point from Anthony Landamore, whose second race win pushed him up the table to third.

Snowflakes advanced their Single-hander Open from January to last Sunday and paid off as a Solo, two Lasers and five Toppers turned out for three races up and down Swan Reach. Ian Hanson, exuding experience in his Solo settled matters by winning the first and second races before his closest rival young Ellie Edwards took the third in some style, Hanson gaining the Transom Trophy and Ellie the Purple Top Trophy for Juniors.


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Eight BODs from Lowestoft and Wroxham made the long haul to Cannes to participate in the Regate Royales de Cannes, organised by Cannes YC, involving about 100 classic craft, plus 36 Dragons which raced in an adjoining bay.

Racing got off to an unfortunate start when the tail end of a mistral swept down during the first race, eliminating all but three of the fleet including, sadly, the 110 year old Flittermouse when her mast broke.

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That apart, the remaining six races enjoyed clement conditions albeit without the speed generated in the first race. James and Jill Tubby and Philippe Borvoet won by a point from Stu and Rosie Rix and David Bye. Consistent results put the Barretts third, just ahead of the Duffields (third race winners) and Harstons (first race winners). The BODs started with three local class Requins, from Lake Annecy, none of which finished the first race.

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