Experienced Frostbites whitewash strong NYBC team
Another glorious day welcomed sailors on Sunday. Frostbites entertained a strong NBYC team for the first leg of their 2012 team match.
The visitors' comprised six youngsters, Flip Foulds, James Dugdale, James Patience, Tom Needham, Henry Harston, and Jolyon Ferrier, all of whom have featured in this column in recent years by virtue of their prowess at both club and national level in various dinghy classes, but only Flip had sailed a Norfolk Dinghy competitively, and the visitors soon learned that a Norfolk is easy to sail, but a challenge to race.
Nonetheless they set about it resolutely, but the hosts' experience proved too much as they went down, in the Force 1-2 variable westerly, to a comprehensive whitewash, despite a strong start to the second race which saw Ian Tims mastermind the tactics as he sent Geoff Coulthard away to lead and concentrated on disrupting the opposition to bring Kate Mackley up from fifth to third.
Earlier, in lighter winds, 10 Norfolks had a trying time, as the first three broke clear of the rest with the fourth finisher coming in 16 minutes after the third, and the last boat nine minutes later.
On Rollesby the question was, as ever, could the slower boats do enough to negate the faster boats' speed, or vice versa? In the case of the single-handers Matt Boreham managed to cross the line first in his Laser, but a last-beat flier by Peter Matthews put him ahead of Ian Ayres, who had, barring Boreham, led all the way, and they, and other Solos, comfortably saved their time. The second race saw victory for Roger Wilson, who led the Solos for the entire race.
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Meanwhile the multi-sail contest hung upon the ability of the Wayfarers to keep close enough to John Saddington and Dennis Manning's Albacore, whilst at the same time getting far enough ahead of John Ayres' Mirror. In the first race they achieved the second, but not the first objective, in the second they achieved neither as Saddington clocked up his second win and Ayres achieved a second.
The afternoon combined race proved somewhat processional after a significant wind shift, and this time Peter Dearnley and Di Slatter finally won, ahead of Saddington and Manning, with Roger Wilson proving himself the best of the Solos.
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Snowflakes suffered from a spasmodic wind which made negotiating Swan reach particularly trying.
In the first race Colin Facey and Rodney Storey made the best start, but on the leg down the street became entangled with Ian Hanson and Q Stewart in what became something of a melee, out of which Roger and Paul Claxton, and then Pam Goodman and Rodney Lake, steamed through them with Goodman then getting a lift to sail into the lead and victory. No great drama in the second race, and the afternoon race saw a low entry and even lower wind. Kim West won both Laser races.