Trio of clubs make a welcome return to the water

There was a full programme of sailing last Sunday, when at long last the three clubs enjoyed not only sunshine but a force two-three south-westerly wind to speed them.

At Frostbites, 10 Norfolks came out for a relatively short class race before the main event of the day, the two-race first leg against Wells SC. Kevin and Elena Edwards got away at the start, with David and Kate Mackley in pursuit, and that was how it stayed, with Matthew Thwaites, crewed by Thomas Percival Cooke, taking third gun.

The three-a-side team match with Wells followed, and the first race saw the visitors start in fine style, holding second, third, and fourth, immediately astern of the Mackleys. James Case, with Ben Johnson, and Chris Gibbs and Noleen Hardy, succeeded in holding their places, but, sadly for the visitors Richard Major and Chris Hardy fell victims to the home club rearguard, finishing sixth, leaving Wells one point adrift.

The second race was much clearer, with Kate Mackley leading all the way, and team-mates David Yapp and John Ellis close astern to take first three places a minute and more ahead of the visitors. Frostbites will take a 10-point margin to Wells in the summer.

Rollesby were able to sail their Winter Regatta postponed from December 5, with multi-sail and single-hander contests over the three races sailed. The former produced the same result in all races, Dave Houghton and John Symonds leading the fleet every time in their RS500, but succumbing to the handicaps, which pushed them down to third behind the Wayfarers, sailed by Peter Dearnley and Di Holmes, and Bob Sparrow and Tony Gibbs.

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Competition in the 16 single-handers was more intense, especially amongst the nine Solos. The first race saw Nick Eastwood's Finn take the lead after the opening leg and hold on.

Meanwhile, Ian Ayres (Solo) profited from a fast start to keep clear of the pack but Mike McNamara slowly attuned to his Harrier+ and also pulled clear to pass Ayres, dragging John Saddington (Solo) forward, and these two Solos took first two places.

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The second race saw Ayres recover from having Andy Graver capsize on top of him to win on handicap.

Ayres then took over in the Box to allow Roger Wilson to sail the last race, in which another Solo, Steve Leigh, led round the first mark despite starting 30 seconds late. Wilson, though, ground down Leigh's lead to take line honours, while McNamara's boat speed earned him second over the water but nowhere on handicap, second spot going to Saddington.

Snowflakes sailed their Open Single-Hander event, while the Yeomans sailed a long race for the Brundish Cup. The former went to James Dugdale, who beat the only other starter, James Patience, in all three races, while Roger and Paul Claxton claimed the Brundish Cup.

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