Ross and Dixon take sailing’s Ramuz Trophy

Sunday fell way short of scintillating when only 11 boats ventured out on a bitterly cold day. Snowflakes headed the list with six Yeomans.

The planned down-river was abandoned due to the strong ebb tide and current following the heavy rain, and instead three rounds of a short course up to the top of Swan Reach was laid on.

Gordon Jewel and K Rout started the first race well but towards the end succumbed to Gary Ross and Steve Dixon, who went on to win the race and the Ramuz Trophy. Jewel got into all sorts of trouble trying to retrieve his spinnaker and ended in the reeds as Ian Hanson and Q Stewart steamed past, followed by Thea Linde and Phil Betts.

The second race included a run down to the New Inn and this time Hanson and Stewart took control from the start to secure the Hong Kong Trophy from Ross. This Sunday Snowflakes wind up with their Open End of season Regatta.

Unusually, Rollesby could only boast five starters, three multi-sails and two Lasers. Both classes provided entertainment.


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In the first single hander Ed Anderson's Standard Laser benefited from his extra sail area and he looked all set to win, until making the awful discovery that he hadn't actually crossed the start line until the start of the third round, leaving Keith Sykes (Laser Radial) to win. Sykes went on to win the second race thanks to staying upright longer.

In the multi-sails Ian and Sharon Ayres lived up to their Class (Leader) by fighting John Saddington and Dennis Manning's Wayfarer all the way round, the Wayfarer's larger sail area giving them 10 yards in 500 but harder to keep moving upwind. For two rounds it was nip and tuck, then, having just regained the lead, Ayres lost a jib cleat leaving the wayfarer to win, beating Phil Harlow and Steve Gray's Omega on handicap. Saddington and Manning went on to win the second race.

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