Bunn and Tansley rise to tough test

The 24 YBODs which went to the line at Wroxham for their first Open meeting of the season found conditions trying, to say the least. The easterly wind blowing across the broad complicated the course setting process, especially as regards providing a decent beat, and the level of wind shifts did nothing to help either the race officer or the competitors.

The 24 YBODs which went to the line at Wroxham for their first Open meeting of the season found conditions trying, to say the least.

The easterly wind blowing across the broad complicated the course setting process, especially as regards providing a decent beat, and the level of wind shifts did nothing to help either the race officer or the competitors.

With one exception, each boat had at least one race they prefer to forget, as quickly as possible.

The exception was Chris Bunn, who, crewed by Nikki Tansley, swept to four clear wins to take the Bolingbroke Bowl.


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Virtually unchallenged after each of the start,s his winning margins were dramatically clear.

Of the rest, Patrick Richardson eventually came good with a spectacular last-race run which moved him into second, but that was only just good enough to place him sixth overall.

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Ian Tims, with Beth Kremer crewing, took third gun in both races on Sunday which, thanks to a first race fifth on Saturday, when Trevor Cave stood in for him, placed him as runner-up, eight points adrift of his winter sailing mate, and just one point clear of Matthew Thwaites and Steve Evans.

Behind them, Mike Evans and David Grieve came in one point clear of the youngest competitor Simon Barker, with veteran helm Derek Jennings sixth.

There is only one event listed for the coming weekend, Acle Regatta, starting lunchtime on Saturday and continuing until Sunday afternoon.

This event, sponsored by Whitegate Farm Cider with further help from various local businesses and Acle parish council, is as renowned for its fund-raising for local charities as for the quality of the sailing on a clear river course uninfluenced by trees, and is well worth supporting.

The bank holiday weekend is rather busier. Off the coast, GYGSC have their passage race to Lowestoft on the Sunday, while NBYC hosts a three day BOD Open.

The main attraction, however, is the long-established Thurne Mouth Open Regatta, starting at lunchtime on Saturday and running through until late afternoon on the Monday.

Frostbites' retiring commodore, Dr Vernon Penketh, reported on a very successful season at last week's annual meeting.

Jan Hubbard was elected to serve as commodore for the coming season, with Mike Powell as vice-commodore and Paul Tegerdine as rear commodore. Two long-serving members, and their wives, were honoured with honorary life membership.

Alan Mitchell joined the club in 1954, and served in various roles for the past 50 years, including commodore in the 1970-71 season, and a long stint as sailing secretary.

He was also elected president of the club in succession to the late Jack Parfitt.

Standley Bushell's membership was even longer, dating back to time immemorial. He served two seasons as commodore, in the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons, and was also the club solicitor for many years until last Friday.

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