Blue Ripple in a class of its own to take honours at Snowflake event

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club last weekend. Picture: IAN SYMONDS

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club last weekend. Picture: IAN SYMONDS - Credit: Archant

Snowflake: A Sunday of light winds, some sun and thankfully no rain saw the usual number of entrants into both categories.

Ten Yeoman and six dinghies contested good racing that required concentration to find the wind and focus to remain in contention.

The starts were all about 200m up river from the clubhouse, the course then took all the sailors down to the club and back up river to the far corner beyond the start line. This gave the Yeoman the opportunity to hoist spinnakers as they sailed up from the club.

Top Yeoman of the day was Blue Ripple, crewed by James Buntin and Robert Whitefoot with a clear first and then a second place. The second was won by Lavinia crewed by Ritchie Dugdale and Pippa Edwards which gave them second overall. Third was Topaz, crewed by Gary Ross and Steve Dixon.

The dinghy races were dominated by the RS500 of Nathan Ackroyd on the water but after the handicaps were applied this lovely boat ended up sixth in the first race yet second in the second. The Lasers of Edward Wildman, Henry Whipp and Will Symonds switched and swapped ending in second, third and fourth in race one; fourth, second and third in race two respectively. Edward and Will tussled in race three to finish first and second respectively with Ellie Edwards third in her Splash. Overall honours were first to Edward, second to Will and third to Ellie.

Rollesby: With warmer weather over the weekend it was a smaller than usual but highly competitive fleet which assembled for Rollesby's Frostbite Regatta on Sunday.

The single sailed fleet were very helpful to the race officer in at least finishing every race in appropriate handicap order; however it was the four strong Solo contingent who were to dominate the results.

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Chris Mann and Simon Strode swapped places several times in races one and two; Mann came out on top on both occasions.

Strode stepped up his game after lunch to take race three narrowly from Mike Horwitz who had been the leasing duo's closest pursuer all day and created a Solo clean sweep in the prizes. In the Multisail fleet John Saddington and Dennis Manning won all three races in their Albacore.

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