Perfect tribute from Raisena

Raisena in this year's Three Rivers Race

Forty one boats, ranging from Cruisers down to a Laser, started the Tri-Icicle race in slightly unpromising conditions.

However, as the sun came out, all but four finished the course, the star being Raisena which took just threehours, adjusted on handicap to three hours 17 and a bit minutes, a good 11 minutes ahead of the runner-up Zingara.

Indeed 16 of the 18 Cruisers finished, and in the generally light winds, at any rate above Ant Mouth, their high rig gave a clear advantage as they came back through the trees.

It was the first time Raisena had entered, and, in tribute to her former owner Martin Broom MBE her crew wore black armbands. Chris Bunn already had a formidable reputation in a variety of boats and clearly he and his team, headed by Nikki Tansley, will live up to the standard set by Martin.

With Cruisers taking seven of the top 10 places it was clearly their day, but there were other good performances. John Parker and James Savage, Three Rivers winners, only missed out on third overall by a minute in a crowded handicap finish, and would have done better had they not paused for a refreshing swim off St Benets when a gybe didn't go quite as planned.

They were not alone, as the wind was markedly stronger out in the open, and Glyn Howarth's Beth temporally lost a crew member when he was hooked up on a gybe and unceremoniously dumped overboard, and duly retrieved.

George Whitefoot won the Yeomans award, while Phillip and Sarah Montagu took the keelboat award in their YBOD, beating the leading all girl team of Flip Foulds, Katherine Brady and Leah Tansley by six minutes. Barring the Parker Punt, a Firefly was the leading dinghy, at 12th, whilst other dinghies comprised a Merlin-Rocket, Laser, and Enterprise.

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Frostbites meanwhile had a quieter start when five Norfolks came to the line. With a plethora of trophies unawarded since the Enterprises deserted the club each race will be double timed, once over the water, and then adjusted for personal, and, if occasion arises, boat handicaps.

The first start was principally notable for all but one ( modesty prevents) boats furiously baling as their craft took up after the summer, and David Yapp and Jan Hubbard won by a mile both over the water and on handicap.

But Alan Mallett and John Gilbert moved up from fourth to second ahead of John and Caroline Ellis and David and Kate Mackley. The second start saw Kate and David storm away out of reach while Yapp and Ellis swapped places on handicap.

A brisk breeze kept the dozen sailors and sundry spectators occupied and entertained as the gybe mark outside the clubhouse provided thrills and spills.

Nonetheless the Lasers, despite innumerable immersions, proved the class to beat, with only Richard Stephenson and Klaus Koch making any impression, and then only in the final race. Robert Jakob proved the most successful with a win after two seconds.

Dull, wet conditions failed to deter sailors at Oulton Broad on Saturday, writes Veronica Falat.

Duncan Madin in his RS300 continued his winning ways in both Fast Handicap races while Evan Clough won the first Slow Handicap race and Edward Nourse took the second.

Geoff Little and Sue Harper extended their lead in the Waveney points series and they also gained a valuable win in the Mixed Keels race.

With just one more Saturday to go, it looks like Simon Marfleet will be the winner of the Mixed Keels series but it's now neck and neck between Geoff Little and John Lockwood for second place.

Next Sunday it will be the end of season regatta and so the Summer Sunday points series all came to their conclusions this weekend.

Alan Cone in his Laser won both Fast Handicap series with a succession of first place scores.

There was much closer and fiercely contested racing in the keel boat fleets.

John Lockwood and Claire Grasby needed a win in the Squib race to take the series but could manage only a third, which left them two points behind Peter Horton and Richard Thurston in the overall results.

It was also a close run thing in the Waveney class; Trevor Balls and his sister Valerie Walker secured the series with a race win, finishing three points clear of Little and Harper.

Similarly, the Mixed Keels series was settled by a race win for Creeping Jenny, this time with Jake Balls helming and father Trevor crewing, giving a three point margin ahead of John Lockwood's Squib.

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