Frostbites finally turn on the power

Frostbites are finishing with a flourish as 14 Norfolks turned out for the much delayed Power Station and Arthur Mann Memorial races.

Sailed in a light Force 1-2 south-easterly, the fleet got well away for the reach upstream to the old Power Station at the mouth of the Wensum before turning back for the return.

Kevin and Ellie Edwards had a monumental battle with David and Kate Mackley, with the Mackleys just holding the lead along the Cut until they came into the final stretch to the line, when an astute short tack by Edwards gave him the advantage as he powered underneath Mackley to move ahead and finish just six seconds clear.

Thereafter, Sam Woodcock and Clare Ellis were two minutes adrift in third, and the remaining 11 came in over the next 10 minutes.

The Arthur Mann Memorial race, thrice postponed due to adverse weather, at last followed, with 12 starters, and, under the watchful eye of Dorothy Mann and daughters Julie and Rosemary, Paul and Karen Armitage started on the far bank just ahead of Woodcock and Ellis.

All they had to do was hold it – sadly, the complexities of a crowded beat up the Cut foiled them, and several others, and Kate Mackley emerged in front, closely, initially at any rate, pursued by the Edwards, who had pulled through the fleet from last to second, Robert George and Caroline Lord, and Woodcock.

Kate was now unstoppable and uncatchable as she built a strong lead to finish four minutes clear of the Edwards', with David Yapp and Bruce Thompson third ahead of George.

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But, on application of the sealed handicap, Kate remained winner, with Yapp second, just one second ahead of George.

Rollesby's Spring regatta was no less lively, and dominated by the two handed boats. John Saddington and Dennis Manning excelled in the light and frequently shifty easterly to win two of the three, the second race seeing them make a poor start, letting their nearest rivals Ian and Sharon Ayres take the lead, while Chris Mann's Solo took third overall.

• Frostbite, NBYC, and River Cruiser Class members were saddened by the death, last Saturday, of Mike Batson.

Mike had been a member of all three for many years, and was best known afloat latterly for his performances in his cruiser Melbourne Lady, which he sailed with skill and panache.

He was also a popular social member, bon viveur, and regular supporter of club social events.

He leaves a widow, Carol, and a son, daughter, and grandchildren. Funeral details will be announced in due course.

John Langham, who died a week ago, was also a member of NBYC and a White Boat sailor in recent years. The funeral is at St Andrew's Church Bacton, tomorrow at 11 am.