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For some, the Perryman Race weekend started on the
Thursday at Somerleyton, where a barbecue preparation party convened.
After gathering their strength over a bankside lunchtime, accompanied by music
from the Somerleyton music festival (attended by 600 people, apparently) a small
crew set to work boiling several pounds of potatoes and slicing industrial
amounts of onions. Later, after their evening meals, a party gathered on
Egret to make coleslaw. The Thombletons' carrot slicing machine was a
great success, before the ex-chef and the surgeon displayed their respective
knife skills on the cabbages.
The race briefing in the morning concentrated more on beer
and burgers, but the boating and the bridge got mentioned at the end. As
usual, it was a gate start, with competitors being timed in as they crossed the
line. Most set off quite promptly, although a couple got temporarily
trapped the wrong side of the bridge (despite the closing times being spelt out
at the briefing) and were a little later. Meanwhile, Vixen, as usual,
refused to leave before they had finished their bucks fizz and Farthing were
waiting until no-one was there to watch as their put their entire rig up for the
first time that year.
All were under way by 11.15, though and enjoyed a fresh
tack to Oulton Dyke, followed by a good run upriver, despite the trees, in a ENE
wind. Most recorded very fast elapsed times, with Farthing covering the
course in just over an hour and 43 minutes. However, everyone had to wait
until after the barbecue to discover who had won.
After a breather for beer and food, the barbecue team
swung into action again, lighting the charcoal, frying industrial quantities of
onions, slicing bread buns and putting finishing touches to their side dishes
before cooking the burgers and jumbo sausages. Marcus's special beans were
a huge hit with the diners; a member from BASC had kindly made us cupcakes for
dessert and it is safe to say that no-one left hungry.
Once the cooking team had eaten and cleared up, it was
time for the prize-giving. Force Four just pipped Anna into third place,
with a comfortable margin then to Vixen in second and another couple of minutes
separating them from Farthing, who retain the trophy from last year. The
Commodore then encouraged people to stay and drink beer, which many did.
The YSC are very grateful to BASC for giving us the run of their moorings and
clubhouse for this event, as well as the loan of their barbecue.
Sunday was dull, cold and windy, which meant everyone
chose to motor back downriver, especially as it was against both wind and
tide. Most stopped at Burgh St Peter for lunch before reconvening at
Oulton Broad, where the Wyverns celebrated 75 years with a fork buffet at the