Woodcock and Frary hold off challenge to take Moore Trophy
It was a busy New Year weekend with two events on New Year's Day itself and two more on Sunday, starting with Frostbites, who were just about first out of the blocks when eight Norfolks turned out for three races.
The best two counted for the Moore Trophy (on handicap) and the 2000 Shield (after personal handicap). The weather was sunny, but cold, with a light and variable south-easterly F1-2.
Kate George is rapidly proving herself as redoubtable an opponent as her father David, and this pairing and that of Sam Woodcock with his new crew Rachel Frary again dominated the results, each counting a first and second for the Moore Trophy, with Woodcock having the last word as he won the final race and the trophy.
Both had slightly poorer second races when they succumbed to Kevin Edwards and Rory Kelsey, and also Ray Johnson and Wendy Bush. The handicap adjustments for the 2000 Shield moved Kate up to first, with Johnson second and Woodcock third.
Derek Edwards, crewed by granddaughter Ellie, started their first race of the season brightly by leading to the first mark before rounding the wrong way, and then compounded their mistakes by running so firmly aground that Derek had to jump in the river to push off. At least they got a second place on handicap, in the next race.
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Rollesby were also active with 20 assorted dinghies supporting their New Year Open. A 30-minute delay caused by the absence of wind preceded events which started with a general recall followed by a close contest in particular between the single-handers whose leaders kept within handicap range of pace setters Chris Sallis (D-One) and Richard Fryer ((RS500), with Veronica Falat coping best to take victory ahead of Ian Ayres and Kevin Postlethwaites' Solos. Race two saw Ayres make the best of it followed by Stuart Highfield's Laser.
All remained to sail for in the third race between Falat and Ayres, but Fryer rather spoilt their party by storming away to win while Falat and Ayres battled it out and swapped places for overall success, Falat ultimately crossing the line with Ayres just two seconds adrift to clinch overall success on the last race tie-break.
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Two more meetings were held on Sunday. At Horning, Snowflakes combined a Single-Hander Open, including the first of the 2016 Topper Traveller events, with a Yeoman race for the Brundish Cup, which attracted a season best entry of eight and was won by Mike Holmes.
Light and fluky winds, particularly under the willows in swan reach gave the dinghies plenty to think about and local knowledge clearly helped as evidenced by host club members taking the top five places among the 19 Toppers, led by Abi Holden with wins in the first two races as against Nathan Ackroyd's two seconds and third race win.
Abi Holden also received her award for second place in the 2015 Traveller series, which was won by Ellie Edwards who edged into third overall on Sunday on a tie break with Natalie Stiff. Will Penny (fifth overall) took third in the final race while Will Harrison's fourth in that race was the best result from a visitor and placed him sixth.
Carol Dugdale won the 2.4 event and the combined result with the Lasers beating cousin Richie Dugdale in the first two races in a series which saw Richie win the Lasers from James Patience, with Dominic Copping third Laser.
Finally Frostbites wound up their early winter series with wins over the water for Sam Woodcock and Rachel Frary (although on handicap they succumbed to Danny Tyrrell and Martin Taylor) on a day which tested patience to the utmost as the willows lining the central part of the course caused havoc to the wind and prompted many place changes, none more so than to David Mackley and Kate George in the first race, who would prefer not to be reminded.
Kate restored the family reputation with a third in the second race in which David Yapp and Julie Deary scored a well earned second gun.