Bright finish to series for Snowflakes

Twelve Yeomans and a Kestrel turned out at Horning on what was probably the best day of the season for Snowflakes' final points series, "Round the Cans".

Twelve Yeomans and a Kestrel turned out at Horning on what was probably the best day of the season for Snowflakes' final points series, "Round the Cans".

A course was set down the street to a turning mark and then up to another mark just up-stream of the top of Swan Reach. Jane Williams and Imogen Tassie, in the Kestrel, unsurprisingly led the proceedings pretty well throughout but not sufficiently to save her time on the leaders in either of the morning races. Among the Yeomans, it was Peter Marriott and Bob McKean who set the initial pace until, rounding the top mark on the second lap, they succumbed firstly to Steve Cliffe and Chris Hanson, and then to Phillip Betts and Andrew Fryer, leaving them third Yeoman but fourth on handicap behind Williams.

The second race saw the upstream mark moved to the broad entrance, and again it was Marriot who led the Yeomans behind Williams, with Cliffe and Betts helping his cause as they tussled for second spot. Marriott led the Yeomans all the way and negotiated the sometimes "iffy" easterly along the street to cross second and save his time on Williams.

The afternoon race saw James Dugdale and James Patience emerge victorious over Williams again, and she must be wondering about her handicap! Next Sunday Snowflakes sail down-river to Thurne.

At Frostbites the splendour of the sunny albeit bracing day and light wind was not matched by the commensurate turn-out.

A dearth of Flag Officers trimmed the turn-out to nine Norfolks. Worse still, a crunching collision just before the start took two of them out, while another two, Kate Mackley, who had induced Robert George to try "real boat" sailing at last, and Geoff Coulthard, spent the first two minutes contemplating the Whitlingham bank while hard aground!

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The rest got away with John Atkinson and Leona Levine setting a cracking pace, closely followed by Jan Hubbard and Sue Gilbert, and the effervescent Matthew Thwaites and James Percival Cooke. The top mark, just into the Cut, provided the bulk of the interest as various craft successively found the sheltered spots, and, after a half round led by Hubbard, Thwaites came through to take first gun ahead of her, with Atkinson third and John Clabburn and Dean Cooke fourth.

The handicap race saw Atkinson in total command with only Coulthard, now crewed by Ray Johnson, looking like challenging him.

Di Murland's Memorial Service will be held at Wroxham Parish Church at 2.30pm next Friday.

Snowflakes SC

Race 1: 1 (S Cliffe/C Hanson), 2 Misty Morning (P Betts/A Fryer), 3 Dot Com (J Williams/I Tassie).

Allcomers (12): 1 Moonstone (P Marriott / R McKean), 2 Out of the Blue, 3 Dot Com.

Allcomers (4): 1 Lavinia (J Dugdale/J Patience), 2 Dot Com.

Norwich Frostbite SC

Norfolks (9): 1 Windy (M Thwaites/J Percival Cooke), 2 Penelope Jane (J Hubbard/S Gilbert), 3 Mayfly (J Atkinson/L Levine).

Norfolks Handicap (5): 1 Mayfly, 2 Wild Duck (G Coulthard/R Johnson), 3 Penelope Jane.