Hanson and Kittiwake take Dugdale Memorial Trophy with fine display

Action from Snowflake Sailing Club. Picture: IAN SYMONDS

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

Snowflake Sailing Club held a single 90-minute race for all classes with the Dugdale Memorial Trophy up for grabs for the winning boat after handicaps had been applied.

In fair winds and bright sunshine five Yeoman, five Lasers, a Merlin Rocket, a Wayfarer and a Splash all jostled and manoeuvred for the best place on the start line for the race.

On the water the Yeoman clearly had the advantage in sail area and could use spinnakers so opened up a gap over the rest of the Snowflake field..

The course went right up river to mark four and back to mark two at the clubhouse.

First clubhouse turn saw three Yeoman in a close fight. James and Robert Buntin frantically pulled down their black and white spinnaker to round first in Blue Ripple.


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Gary Ross and Steve Dixon in Topaz hauled in their yellow spinnaker second with Ian Hanson and Q Stewart in Kittiwake third.

The dinghies were led by the three Lasers, Henry Whipp in Whipp-It, Roger Hannant in Smoke on the Water and Kevin Edwards in Sol.

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The next club turn saw the three Yeoman still hustling but now with Topaz first, Kittiwake second and Blue Ripple third.

Reports from the rescue boat suggested some tricky wind in the section of the race but the dinghies were racing well, Sol first, Whipp-It second and Smoke on the Water third.

Tenacious sailing by Ian Hanson and Q Stewart finally saw Kittiwake make the line first following a fine display of impressive sailing to follow up from last week's good showing.

Bernard Westgate and Andrew Fryer in Misty Morning survived a spinnaker disaster to pull up to second with Topaz in third. Equally fierce tactics saw Sol the first dinghy, Whipp-It second and Smoke on the Water third by two seconds.

After handicaps had been calculated the day was still with the Yeoman and Ian Hanson accepted the trophy in memory of Tino Dugdale.

The dinghies had an after lunch tussle in lighter winds.

Chris Haslam in Laser Custard Cream finished first, Ellie Edwards in Splash 2040 second and Will Symonds in Laser radial Buster third.

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