A fleet of 9 yachts gathered on Saturday
afternoon to compete for the Harriet of Reedham trophy, with the Yare Sailing
Club also welcoming entries from EACC and the GWYC.
In a weekend full of fickle weather a
south westerly breeze piped up for the first start quickly dying down for the
second. There was added excitement with the presence of rowing boats on the
start line and throughout the duration of the race.
Sabrina 2 helmed by John Holmes swiftly
pulled ahead of the fleet, maintaining her lead throughout, finishing first and
winning overall. Pippinjack helmed
by Paul Stevens was second over the line, with 3rd, 4th and 5th being a closely
fought battle between Alice Rose, Anne and Grayling.
The final results were:
1st place - Sabrina 2; 2nd place –
Pippinjack; 3rd place - Anna (helmed by Diane Branscombe)
Sunday morning was breezier with the
wind veering further to the west.
The latter half of the upriver passage
race to Buckenham suddenly became rather crowded as we found ourselves racing
alongside the rowing club heading to Norwich, an RS and a Javelin from Buckenham
Sailing Club as well as Yeomans, Wayfarers and a Flying 15 from Coldham Hall
All of this made for an entertaining
finish to the race just as the heavens opened. However, the pub being closed was
of far greater concern!
The aforementioned fickle weather came
into full effect on the return passage race back to Reedham with the wind dying
off almost completely. Grayling,
attracted to the short journey home as opposed to the long drift back to Reedham,
called it a day and headed back to Coldham.
With little to no wind and the tide
still flooding the first and second start yachts all but ground to a halt before
reaching the start. It became less a case of who could go forward the quickest
but rather who could drift backwards the slowest. Those who had competed in this
year’s 3 Rivers Race a few weeks earlier may well have had a distinct feeling
of deja vu!
Anne and Pippinjack decided not to
compete. Gradually however, the flood tide began to ease and with the slightest
breath of air here and there, Alice Rose crept through the fleet, closely
followed by Anna.
The remaining yachts: May, Sabrina 2,
Pixie and Puck eventually crossed the start line and stayed within striking
distance of one another as they got under way - only to be halted once more by
With much backwards drifting and
perseverance all managed to make it through the lee of the trees.
Thankfully the OOD showed mercy and shortened the race, finishing it at Cantley!
The combined winner of the Sunday races
was Pixie helmed by Adrian Lincoln who also claimed the trophy for the weekend.