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boats came to the line to participate in this year’s Challenge Cup.
The three boats representing the Yare Sailing Club were Alice Rose,
Pippinjack and Jasmine of Horning. The
four boats representing Coldham Hall Sailing Club were Anna, Grayling, Golden
Moon and May.
the number of boats, a split start was decided.
The fast boats set off down Train Reach in challenging conditions,
beating into strong winds, which made getting through the trees very difficult.
Kevin Priest on Grayling, with his local knowledge, managed to pull
ahead, whilst the other boats were caught briefly by the boats in the slow
start. Pippinjack, Alice Rose and
Anna from the slow start managed to pull away and started to chase Grayling down
towards the turn just before Langley Woods.
Grayling continued to hold them off and approaching the turn was several
minutes ahead. Unfortunately, after
a long beat, whilst trying to make the last corner, she went hard aground and
turning the mark, the fleet enjoyed a run and a reach back home, with some
challenging gybes and the added interest of passing through the Coldham Hall
Fleet, who were racing the same course.
Rose pulled ahead and took line honours and first place, followed by Pippinjack
and Anna. May arrived shortly
afterwards. Jasmine of Horning was
the last boat to finish, having persevered and coming in nearly an hour after
the rest of the fleet. The
conditions proved too much for Golden Moon who was not able to complete the
course. Subsequently, with three
finishers, the YSC took the Yare Challenge Cup.
being the first Coldham Hall boat home, took the Bessie Bell Trophy and the
Polypin of Beer, kindly donated by Nick Ebbage.