Wells sailors rise to challenge
Frostbites started their 2006 team race programme on Sunday in the now customary light winds. They challenged both the home club and their visitors from Wells, as well as Paul Tegerdine, who had the unenviable task of setting the course.
Frostbites started their 2006 team race programme on Sunday in the now customary light winds. They challenged both the home club and their visitors from Wells, as well as Paul Tegerdine, who had the unenviable task of setting the course. Sailing three boats a side, the challenge facing the visitors in this event is to escape without being whitewashed. Wells produced probably their best result for some years, departing with only a 10-point deficit to make up in the return leg in their Sharpies in July. The two races were notable for Geoff Coulthard and Jan Hubbard, sailing together, contriving to be over the line in both starts. Jan languished at the back of the fleet and only briefly overhauled Richard Major and Abi Pigney, sailing Jan's boat, in the first race, and finished wooden spooners in the second.
Coulthard, by contrast, made good use of a brief lift on the initial close reach to the downstream mark to slip through the fleet and into the lead to win by four minutes.
David and Kate Mackley hovered in second spot, keeping the opposition at bay in an attempt to get first race winners David Yapp and Rory Kelsey through into third.
But they were foiled by Richard Major and Cheryl Crawford, who proved thoroughly at home in the Mackley boat. Kevin Edwards and Kate Mackley had enjoyed a comfortable second place in the first race, ahead of James Case and Nolene Hardy.
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Earlier in the day, the Mackleys had warmed up with another win from Edwards, while Bernie and Pat Woodcock won the Mixed Dinghies.
Snowflakes turned out 13 boats, 12 Yeomans and a Kestrel, for a day noticeable for light wind and a strong current. It started with a beat down the street, followed by a reach towards Black Horse Broad.
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The wind suited Jane Williams and Sarah Dugdale in their Kestrel as they won the first race from Steve Cliffe, crewed by Chris Bunn, and Ian Tims and David Hearsum, sailing Phillip Betts' boat.
The second race saw Bunn and Tims re-united in Crystal and getting well away to lead the fleet throughout, while Sally and Richard Dugdale did enough to put Williams into third place.
The final race saw another win for the Tims/Bunn combination.
Nine different helms took guns in the four A series races at Rollesby.
They were led by Val and Chris Hanson, the winners of the third and fourth races, and Jim and Val Anderson, who gained a first place and a third.
James Wilson and Eileen Skinner dominated the B series, with Roger Wilson coming in with a last-race win.