Nancy Oldfield Trust gains honour at association AGM
Three presentations marked a crowded annual meeting of the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association.
The first was the Martin Broom Trophy, given by the association in memory of 'a wise, tireless and unassuming worker for boating on the Broads'. This was exquisitely crafted by Lorne Betts in the form of a glass fronted cabinet displaying crested spoons won by Martin at seven different clubs and is awarded for an outstanding contribution to Broads boating.
The first winner was the Nancy Oldfield Trust in recognition of their long record of providing sailing opportunities to the disabled. Martin's widow Jennifer made the presentation. The second presentation was the Tim Whelpton Trophy won by Carol Dugdale in recognition of her success in working towards a UK Paralympic place. Finally, there was a presentation to retiring treasurer David Yapp after his 15 years' service.
At the meeting itself chairman Richard Card gave a rundown of the year's activities. All officers and committee members were re-elected, bar the treasurer, whose successor is Robert Whitefoot. Members then raised a number of issues of concern, including Network Rail proposals to replace Trowse Bridge with a fixed bridge, waterside rubbish collections, particularly in the Great Yarmouth District, a perceived reduction in informal and 24-hour free moorings, plans to spend millions of public money on Hoveton Great Broad without opening it to public boating, and, most strongly, Broads Authority aspirations towards full National Park status and the consequent implementation of the Sanford principle upon local boating. Further EU Habitat regulations were also a matter of concern.
Frostbites welcomed a strong WOBYC team for the second leg of their contest, and the challenge of overcoming a four-point deficit on the first leg at Oulton. The visitors made a strong start in the first race, Frostbites' Sam Woodcock being manoeuvred to the back with his team-mates at the start, but the home club soon recovered to take second to fourth, while Alan Cone and Evan Clough sped ahead to win by almost a minute. That left the hosts one point down, and an enthralling battle followed, as Ray Johnson and David Yapp romped ahead to win by four minutes while, in a nail-biting finish, Cone just hung on to keep Tyrrell at bay by two seconds. Tyrrell, meanwhile, having fought throughout with Simon and Victoria Marfleet, all but lost his 10 second lead but, fortunately for the hosts, crossed the line just before running aground. The points being level, WOBYC retain the Ramuz Trophy for another year.
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Snowflakes enjoyed a turnout of 23 for the three race President's Cup at Horning. The honours went to Nathan Ackroyd and Abby Holden who, after finishing third to Richie Dugdale and Kevin Edwards in the first race, went on to win the remaining two and clinch the series. The three Yeoman races saw their best turnout of the season as James Buntin took the honours with Robert Whitefoot edged into second overall with a first and second to count.
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