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Wroxham Week and Norfolk Broads Yacht Club Open Regatta

by Bill & Diana Webber 7 Aug 2018 18:41 BST 29 July - 5 August 2018
Start of Broads O.D. race at Wroxham Week © Bill Webber & Ivan Ringwood

Norfolk Broads Yacht Club's premier event sailed from 29th July to 5th August came in like a lion with force eight winds forecast and the first rain for eight weeks and went out like a lamb with an hour's delay waiting for wind for the prestigious Gold Cup race.

There was a very full programme with races starting at 9.35in the morning with the last start of the day at 18.00hrs. More than 170 boats raced throughout the week, so all race officers are to be congratulated on managing such a crowded schedule.

With a full and varied social programme the week offered an enjoyable experience for everybody and thanks are much deserved by the social committee.

Wroxham Week trophy winners: (apologies for the lack of crew names)

Opitimist TroughPank PantherWill Pank
Garrinch CupPank PantherWill Pank
Moore Optimist TrophyGrace LightningGrace Pank
Brighton Model Yacht (most improved sailor)WaveriderHarley Goodson
NBYC Glass (second most improved sailor)PrivateEdward Brightwell
Allcomers B (Dinghies)
Wyche TankardNo NameRoger Wilson
Top Tifter (highest Topper)No NameCharley White
Laser compass (highest Laser a.m.)My WifeAdam Barker
Norfolk Wayfarer Champion TrophyBig BlueTrevor Whiting
Third Stracey TrophyBernadetteMatthew Frary
Neil Rushton Trophy Mid Life ChallengeAuriel Gibson
Nieupoort Splash VaseBernadetteMatthew Frary
Laser Trophy (highest Laser p.m.)No NameHenry Whipp
Allcomers A (Keel Boats)
Stewart Morris Shield (overall winner)Brandy BottlePaul Barker
Derek Jennings Memorial Trophy White ErminePaul Carrington
Broads One Design
Hugh Rudd TrophyGolden EyeAlby Cator
Goshawk TrophyRazorbillJoe Warns
Star BarometerSegui La StellaBrigit Shields-Farrant
Galaxy TrophyJolly GoodNick Eastwood
Star MugEmpressZoe Wood
Landamore TrophyBrandy BottlePaul Barker
Jubilee Cup (winner of Saturday Race)YydrasilSteve Haines
Wroxham Sailing Match 1837 CupBrandy BottlePaul Barker
River Cruiser B
Don Cup (overall winner)PippaGeoff Angell
Challenge Winch (winner Monday)WandererPaul Barker
Chris Wilson Trophy (winner Tuesday)Cats PawBrian Wilkins
Fife Balderstone Trophy (winner Wednesday)ForresterWill Bentall
Fantome TrophySwallowRichard Lord
Simon Kremer Memorial TrophyFirebirdRobin Richardson
Lady trophyAlchemyRichard Smith
Satyr CupAlchemyRichard Smith
River Cruiser A
Buckworth Challenge Cup (overall winner)StellarTim Frary
Anglia TV Trophy (winner Monday)SkylarkLen Funnell
Mackley Trophy (winner Tuesday)CuckooSimon Lampert
Bishop Aubrey's CrookStormIan Tims
Achievement Challenge CupLyraPaul Carrington
Yare and Bure O.D.
Haynes Challenge CupFoxChris Bunn
Peacock Trophy (most improved)Speckled WoodMike Tims
Mascall Mug (highest placed visitor)Grizzled SkipperJames Driver
Wroxham Sailing Match 1814 CupFoxChris Bunn
Norfolk O.D. Dinghies
Namah TrophyTidewaySarah Hovey

Wroxham Open Regatta race winners: (Thursday afternoon)

Watermans Handicap Race GhostJames Dugdale
Yeoman Ladies RaceBrandy BottleJanet Barker
Yare & Bure OD Ladies RaceScarlet AdmiralLaura Tims
Broads OD Ladies RaceCormorantElizabeth Prangley

NBYC Open Regatta Trophy Winners: (Sat. 29th July and Sun. 5th August)

Fleet TrophyBoatHelm
Yare and Bure O.D.Tyrrell TrophyPhoenixIsabel Tansley
YeomanYeoman Silver Jubilee TrophyBrandy BottlePaul Barker
Broads One DesignWhite Moth Wherry ChallengeGoosanderBarry Davis
Combined AllcomersNBYC GlassJolly GoodNick Eastwood
Rodney Shields Memorial TrophyJolly GoodNick Eastwood
River Cruiser CombinedButtercup Centenary TrophyAmaryllisChris Tuckett
Junior Allcomers DinghiesDuckling Challenge Trophy Finlay Campbell

Diamond Jubilee Gold Cup for mixed One Design Keelboats (excluding Yeomans)

The Diamond Jubilee Cup is the most prestigious race in the N.B.Y.C. calendar. It is the last race sailed in the Wroxham Regatta and always arouses considerable interest amongst the many spectators.

Although at the programmed start time of 14.30, there was a glassy stillness over Wroxham Broad, Race Officer Paul Barker sensibly postponed, to wait for the forecast force three to four breeze which duly arrived after an hour.

To everybody's surprise and relief, the fleet got away at the first attempt, saving the need for further delays and black flag disqualifications seen in the past. First to tack onto the long port tack leg of the first beat was Duke of Burgundy from about two thirds of the down the start line from the windward end. Soon to follow were Fox from the middle of the line and Gallium Hawk and The Miller from further to windward. Fox could clearly be seen to have the most speed up this windward leg to lead at the first mark from Gallium Hawk, Thecla and The Miller.

By the second lap, Fox had pulled out a good lead over four boats, The Miller, Gallium Hawk, Ghost and White Ermine who were left to battle over second place.

By the finish, it was Fox who had maintained a good lead to win, followed by The Miller who held off a determined attack by Gallium Hawk with White Ermine finishing fourth.

Gold Cup prize winners:

1Y&BOD 142FoxChris BunnNikki Tansley
2Y&BOD 136The MillerFlip FouldsGilly Foulds and Ian Richardson
3Y&BOD 119Gallium HawkRichie DugdaleRob Whitefoot
4Y&BOD 82White ErminePaul CarringtonElise and Emilia Carrington

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