Frostbites overturn deficit from first leg to retain title

A strong contingent from Waveney and Oulton Broad YC arrived to a sunny welcome from Frostbites for the delayed, due to high winds, second leg of their 2015 team match.

However, upon their arrival they found the club colours, ensign, and postponement flag hanging limply from their halyards in a total absence of wind.

But the elements were kind and, having abandoned their club race, hosts and visitors alike rejoiced when the slightest of wind movement came in from the north, just sufficing to counter the tide over a three-lap short course either side of the clubhouse.

The first race started with the visitors strongly pressing their hosts and Simon Marfleet (crew Pete Matthews) and Alan Cone (crew Julie Deary) working hard to isolate Ray Johnson and David Yapp before tackling the leaders.

It didn't work. By the time they were sorted David Mackley, with daughter Kate George, and Danny Tyrrell, with Sam Woodcock, were minutes ahead of Marfleet while his team-mates kept Johnson firmly in the rear.

That race eliminated WOBYC's first leg two-point advantage and put the hosts a slender point ahead as the second race got under way.

Unlike last week, Frostbites were making no mistakes this time. Sam Woodcock and Kate George wasted no time in asserting themselves at the front. WOBYC's efforts to dislodge them failed as Yapp and Johnson in the third Frostbite boat put up a steady resistance, and, helped a little by wind vagaries around the marks moved ahead over the last lap to take third gun.

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This ensured the hosts retained the trophy originally presented 80 years ago by Len and Alec Ramuz for competition between Westcliffe YC and Frostbites.

After the war it was re-allocated to matches against Thames Estuary YC, but they lapsed around 1960. It was again switched in 1972 to competition between WOBYC and Frostbites, and, to date, has been won 26 times by Frostbites, 14 by WOBYC, and tied three times.

Snowflakes were unluckier, and departed the River Bure without raising a sail.

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