Snowflakes Sailing Club enjoy an excellent day’s racing in Len Ramuz’s memory

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds - Credit: Archant

Snowflakes Sailing Club enjoyed a splendid day's winter sailing at the weekend with a bright warm sun and a good, if slightly inconsistent, breeze.

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds - Credit: Archant

The last few Sundays of the 2018 season are a series of one off races.

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds - Credit: Archant

The weekend's races were in memory of Len Ramuz, who lived by South Walsham Broad.

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds - Credit: Archant

Each year at this time the club would race to his house downriver in an open event for the Ramuz Trophy.

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds

Action from Snowflakes meeting. Picture: Ian Symonds - Credit: Archant

Len provided a venue for lunch and a rest before the race back up river for the Hong Kong Trophy.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant


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This was donated to the club by Mollie Howes after her son Paul spent some time in Hong Kong.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

The race officer decided that the downriver theme would be too much in the prevailing conditions so a long lap course was set with a time limit of around two hours.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

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Thanks in part to the lovely weather and promising sailing conditions the one start race blasted off at 1100 with a strong fleet.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

The four Yeoman quickly benefited from the wind fluctuations and spinnakers were hoisted in every direction it seemed.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

This gave the eight Lasers and two Toppers a real challenge as even with handicaps the Yeoman looked dominant.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

However, it must be noted that both Brandy Bottle and Lara in the Yeoman fleet managed to go aground as they tacked into an unusually open mooring spot just opposite The Swan Inn.

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman

Action from Snowflakes racing at the weekend. Picture: Paddy Wildman - Credit: Archant

Further downriver, they thought out of site, two Lasers attempted some early spring tree lopping much to the irritation of the sailors.

These mishaps taken into account, the winner was Gary Ross in Yeoman Topaz with Chris Haslam in Laser Perdy just three minutes behind after handicaps.

The race back, as such, was really a slightly shorter version of the morning laps with just four Lasers and two Toppers.

Chris Haslam in Laser Perdy was somewhat elated to win the race for the third year in a row.

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