Victory brightens the day for Hanson and Stewart

It was a pretty dreary Sunday for both of our river-based clubs, and those who turned out experienced cold, drizzle, and light fluky south-westerlies.

Snowflakes had programmed their Keelboat Open down-river to Thurne and back for the Greenhill Trophy.

In the event, only three showed up, and, given the arboreal obstructions between the club and Ant Mouth, the race was switched to an up-river to Salhouse Broad and back, basically a beat up against the tide, and a run back.

The first leg, to the Mill, provided sufficient wind to keep them moving, but thereafter, past Decoy Broad and on to Salhouse it was more exasperating, with a significant number of motor craft in evidence, and Raisena, presumably making a trial trip up to Wroxham and back with her new owner.

Ian Hanson and Q Stewart held the lead throughout to take the Trophy.

Meanwhile, two Lasers, a Solo, and a Splash enjoyed three races in the windier area of the river, James Patience, James Dugdale (Lasers) and Jonas Osborn (Solo) each winning one race, while Nathan Ackroyd found conditions didn't suit his Splash.

At Frostbites, Kevin and Ellie Edwards made their first appearance with the family's latest acquisition, Rum'Un, well known for her success under former owner Jan Hubbard, and they maintained that record, leading for most of the race and recovering when David and Kate Mackley briefly passed them on a shortened course to win by 36 seconds.

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The handicap race following was for the Founders Trophy and comfortably won by Kate and David Mackley by six minutes over the water and five on handicap, ahead of another dead heat, this time for second spot and shared by John and Caroline Ellis, third in the first race, and Ray Johnson and Andy Askew, the latter enjoying his first race at the club.

• The next Open meeting is at Snowflakes for Yeomans on November 18.

• Saturday saw the launch of a new GP14 dinghy, paid for by a grant from Sport England, at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club. MP Peter Aldous and Holly Hancock, RYA Onboard East Co-ordinator, attended the launch. Holly cut the ribbon to launch the dinghy. Commodore Glen Curtis thanked all those involved for their hard work with the application especially Vice President Roger Campling.

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