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Keelboat weekend at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club

by Andrew Gallant, John Aitken & David Talbot 24 May 2023 22:55 BST
Keelboat weekend at Norfolk Broads YC © Ruth Knight

Norfolk Broads Yacht Club hosted a keelboat weekend for Yeomans & Stars, Broads One Design, and Yare & Bure One Design boats. A great time was had by all, both on and off the water.


Racing started with the Yeoman and Star Fleet on Saturday with good winds gusting over 20 mph. A good course was set with beating up the broad to North, West to No. 1 then running all the way to South mark. Five Yeomans started the first race with Paul and Janet in Brandy Bottle taking the lead from the line. Brandy Bottle maintained the lead until round 4 when Chris and Toby in Folly took the lead.

However, following the spinnaker drop into the water resulting in a spinnaker drogue, Brandy Bottle retook the lead to the finish followed by Folly then Andrew and Caroline in Aquamarine. 2nd race 4 boats started with Brandy Bottle taking the lead from the start. Great racing between Brandy Bottle and Folly resulted in Folly being first to finish quickly followed by Brandy Bottle. After taking advantage of a couple of good lifts Aquamarine closed in on Brandy Bottle to finish 3rd.

The crews all had to work very hard getting the jib sheets in quick enough and far enough with the winds. Congratulations to Caroline crewing Aquamarine on her first strong wind racing and having to take the helm for the spinnaker runs.

Sunday saw a similar breeze to Saturday. The same five boats came to the line for the first race and four for the second. Great course again set the same as Saturday.

Two battles took place firstly between Brandy Bottle and Folly for 1st place which resulted in a 1st and 2nd for each. Secondly between Aquamarine and George and Linda sailing Fire Opal resulting in a 3rd and 4th each.

The final result was equal points for Brandy Bottle and Folly, however the trophy was won by Paul and Janet Barker in Brandy Bottle having won the last race. Folly took 2nd place and Aquamarine came 3rd. Overall great racing over the weekend. Thanks to the race officer and team.

Broads One Design (BOD)

Fifteen Broads One Designs relished the bright breezy conditions on Wroxham broad for the first keelboat weekend of the season. Racing was competitive and helms had to use all their skills to work the wind shifts and gusts to their advantage. The Race Officer set an excellent course which provided a beat the whole length of the broad.

In the first of four races with places changing until the last mark in the course Chris Aitken in Peregrine beat off the challenge of Joe Warnes in Razorbill and Matthew Frarey in Kestril to take the honours. The second race saw Steve Batson sailing Swallow finish in front of a tightly packed fleet.

Sunday racing produced a similar contest in glorious conditions where points were hard earned with a different winner in each race as in the previous day. Joe Warnes won race three and Matthew Frarey race four. Peter Sabberton in Whimbrel and Ruth Knight in Penguin were consistently challenging but after an excellent weekend of racing Joe Warnes took the Trophy followed by Chris Aitken in second place and Steve Batson third.

Yare & Bure One Design (YBOD)

Eighteen Yare & Bure One Designs contested the Bolingbroke Bowl in glorious sunshine. A brisk breeze, mostly from the north east, with plenty of shifts and gusts made for testing conditions.

In the first race Chris Bunn and Nikki Tansley, sailing a borrowed boat Dingy Skipper, sailed clear to take the win. Meanwhile his usual rival Ian Tims in Scarlet Admiral ran aground at the start and could not recover through the fleet. Vice-Commodore John Reid and Ray Johnson in Alchemist kept his cool to finish second ahead of Adam Barker and Cathryn Brady in Phoenix.

Ian Tims and Chris Bunn had a close scrap in the second race, at one point the downwind manoeuvring almost leaving the broad onto the river. Ian Tims went on to win from Chris Bunn, with David, Nicky and Rebecca Talbot in Red Admiral taking third.

On Sunday, the wind was slightly less difficult to read and Ian Tims, now with his regular crew of Pete Reeve, showed his mastery by posting another win ahead of David Talbot.

In the final race a group of boats pushed Ian Tims hard. This included Marty Thompson, taking over the helm of his boat Dingy Skipper. On the last beat a traditional Norfolk Wherry was on the course, causing a few anxieties. Nick and Liz Gill in Clouded Yellow squeezed home in second behind Ian Tims and just ahead of David Talbot.

Yeoman Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1Brandy Bottle91Paul Barker1(2)214
2Folly 2162Chris Bolton(2)1124
3Aquamarine108Andrew Gallant333(4)9
4Fire Opal67George Whitefoot(4)44311
5Flint121Peter Hill5(DNC)5DNC16

BOD Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1Razorbill36Joseph Warns231(7)6
2Perigrin80Chris Aitken1(8)359
3Swallow69Steve Batson(7)17210
4Whimbrel43Arabella Sabberton6(7)2311
5Penguin57Ruth Knight(11)46414
6Storm Petrel74Tim Mobbs528(10)15
7Kite83Timothy Barrett8(9)5619
8Kestrel63Matthew Frary3(OCS)DNC120
9Kittiwake51Jaimie Campbell(9)59923
10Puffin48Philip Harston(12)1110829
11Harnser61Danny Tyrrell1010(11)1131
12Galliunule81Matthew Scales(DNC)DNC4DNC36
13Marsh Harrier85Jimmy Tubby4(DNC)DNCDNC36
14Water Rail39Rob Johnson(DNC)6DNCDNC38
15Avocet77John Aitken13(DNC)12DNC41

YBOD Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1Scarlet Admiral2Ian Tims(8)1113
2Dingy Skipper6Martin Thompson12(5)58
3Red Admiral55David Talbot(6)3238
4Clouded Yellow41Nick Gill(13)74213
5Phoenix125Adam Barker34(9)613
6Little Blue95Charles Bellamy49(10)417
7Alchemist128John Reid2107(12)19
8White Admiral9Simon Whipp5512(DNC)22
9Speckled Wood66Mike Tims(15)88723
10White Plume134Peter Hawes76(DNC)1124
11Oak Beauty108Edward Clifford9(15)61025
12Thecla39John Clabburn(DNC)DNC3830
13Marmoress25Sue Funnell1111(16)931
14Iris124Malcolm Kemp101314(DNF)37
15Dark Green85Martin Jones141213(DNF)39
16Clearwing14Robert Self12(DNC)11DNC42
17Scarce Copper30Jack Copping1614(17)1343
18Cinnamon Twist138Alex Brightwell(DNC)DNC15DNC53

Star Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1Matte8261Colin Murray(1)1113
2Jolly Good8194Nick Eastwood(2)2226
3Segui la Stella7419Matthew Stephenson(NSC)3339

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