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  Barbecue and Challenge Cup, June 2019

The BBQ this year had a change of venue, as the Ferry at Surlingham was busy with another function and so unable to fit us in as well. It was decided to go DIY this year and CHSC kindly offered the use of their facilities and BBQ.


It had been a warm and sunny day and this carried over into the evening, with sunshine until late. With the BBQ fired up and ready to go just after 6.30, a small but select group of sailors gathered on the dinghy park for what became a very sociable evening in good company. The participants were mainly the boats which would sail in the challenge race the next day.


Team Wandering Rose seemed as though they had brought enough food to feed everyone, but remarkably managed to consume most of it between themselves and Adrian and Ruth from Tinkerbell.  Dessert was Ruth’s home grown strawberries and Jean’s mini flapjacks. Delicious.


With the clubhouse close by, even hot coffee became possible, which was perhaps just as well, as clear heads were needed in the morning for the rigours of the Yare Challenge race.


Thanks to Bob Branscombe and Kevin Priest for getting things ready and tidying things up afterwards.


Dianne Branscombe



The weather looked good for the annual YSC/CHSC Challenge race at CHSC. A good westerly was forecast and sunshine. What could be better? The long course was chosen, with the turning point just short of Langley Woods.

There were 8 boats entered, which included 2 from ‘up north’ - Wandering Rose and a pristine Tinkerbell, which is nearly finished, so we hear! The other two making up the YSC side were Grayling and Anna, with Glory, Morning Calm, Harnser and Bessie Bell sailing for CHSC. Morning Calm did her best to confuse all and sundry by sailing with Anna’s old rig, also with 224 on her sail!

The 8 starters made for an easy 4 + 4 split start with Steve Burton’s team Wandering Rose taking an early lead from Grayling, who both put distance between them and the rest of the fleet - their topsails making the difference in a typically fluky train reach.


Once in clearer air, Anna and Glory managed to keep them in sight, but at the turn Wandering Rose was well ahead from Grayling, Anna and Glory.


Meanwhile in the second start, Tinkerbell and Morning Calm seemed to be neck and neck all the way round, with the two 10% boats equally matched, with Bessie Bell and Harnser following on.


The beat and close reach on the return leg closed things up a bit, with Anna and Glory managing to haul in the two front runners, but not enough to prevent Wandering Rose from winning by some margin. Grayling crossed the line next, but was eased into third place by Anna on corrected time.


Bob Branscombe

last edited on:  09/07/2019 at 14:39   by: The Editor