Frostbites at Whitlingham - 1954
Sam and Olivia Archer win Whelpton Trophy at the Broadland Youth Regatta
Broadland Youth Regatta 2021 Report
Until 2020, when Covid-19 restrictions precluded it, every year since 1994 the NSBA (Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association) has held a regatta for sailors under 19 belonging to its affiliated clubs.
This year the event was held at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and there was a large entry - 86 single handed dinghies and 7 double handed dinghies making 100 sailors in all, is a twenty year record for the event. Warm sunshine, the first sunny day for almost a month, helped make the day memorable for the throngs of families and team coaches also at the event. As with previous Broadland Youth Regattas, there was a wide range of experience and skill levels of the competitors varying in age from 7 to 18, with some younger competitors very new to racing and making their "open regatta" debut.
The inter-club competition for the NSBA Centenary Salver was won by Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. Snowflakes Sailing Club were second, Horning Sailing Club were third. Hickling Broad Sailing Club came fourth, Beccles Amateur Sailing Club came fifth, and Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club sixth.
The Whelpton Cup, for the most successful double handed boat, was awarded to Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club's Sam and Olivia Archer in their expertly sailed, loaned traditional Norfolk 14ft One Design dinghy. However, being their club's only entry, they didn't qualify for the Centenary Salver.
As in previous years, the Centenary Salver results were not closely related to team size, but depends upon good fleet racing places. Size of team varied from the largest, the host club NBYC's 35 boats, through Horning SC's 19 boats, Beccles Amateur Sailing Club's 11 boats and Hickling Broad SC also bringing 11 boats, Waveney and Oulton Broad YC's 9 boats to the smallest qualifying team of Snowflakes Sailing Club with 7 boats. As in 2019 when the event was last sailed, the host club used the RYA recommended "Sailwave" results software, and for this event the results from all four races of the best six boats from each club were used, potentially putting small teams at a smaller disadvantage. The NSBA continues to invite comments from affiliated clubs on how best to score the inter-club Centenary Salver trophy!
For the first time in the history of the event, the largest fleet was of Optimist dinghies, with 30 entries, almost matched by the Topper fleet, with 27 competitors. The slow handicap fleet included five RS Feva XLs, one Splash, two Laser 4.7s, one Topper 4.2, one RS Tera Pro and a Norfolk One Design, the latter having the distinction of being the only wooden boat in the event. The fast handicap fleet reflected the recent resurgence on the area of Laser sailing and comprised almost equal numbers of full rig Lasers (11) and Laser Radials (12), along with one 420.
The Lady Mayhew Trophy for endeavour, "applying the greatest effort in a spirit of sport determination and fun without necessarily achieving a winning position" was awarded to Isaac Thomas from the Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club in his Optimist dinghy. Isaac impressed the on-the-water judges with his personality whilst approaching a windward mark on Port by persuading two Starboard hand boats to give way to him, then hit the mark, then honourably performed his exoneration turn. He is expected to go far in Broads sailing!
NBYC were supported in the running of the event by sponsorship from Norfolk Marine, Larking Gowen, Expert Print Management, Reids of Norwich and Norfolk Broads Direct. Grateful thanks to these local businesses for their valued support.
Ben Falat, at the presentation and on behalf of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association, thanked Norfolk Broads Yacht Club's large management team, which included Commodore Elysia Ferrier-Hangar, Vice Commodore Robert Payne, Rear Commodore and event lead Ruth Knight, Race Officer Paul Barker and his dedicated team of timekeepers, beachmasters etc and safety boat crews from various participating clubs.
Frostbites lose by four points in the first leg of their Annual Team Race against Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club
Frostbites lose by four points in the first leg of their Annual Team Race against Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club
On the evening of Wednesday 23rd June, members of Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club welcomed a team from Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club, for the first leg of the annual team match between the two clubs to be sailed in six Waveney One Designs for the “Ramuz” Trophy.
The wind was a light easterly and Race Officer Kyle Beamish assisted by Jordan Levett set a simple course starting with a beat down to the no. 7 buoy near the yacht station, followed by a run up the broad to no. 2 followed by a broad reach to no.3 in north bay.
In the first race, Alan Cone sailing W25 Foxglove and crewed by Graham Reeve soon established a lead for the home team but was challenged by Sam Woodcock sailing W10 Iris crewed by Heather Drysdale for the visitors. Further back David Mackley for the visitors and sailing W15 Creeping Jenny crewed by Phil Board did his best to assist David Yapp (Frostbites Commodore) sailing B19 Brandy Bottle crewed by Julia Deary by holding off the opposition at no. 2. After shortening the course from three to two rounds the finishing order was first Alan Cone for WOBYC, second Sam Woodcock for NFSC, third Trevor Balls for WOBYC, fourth Simon Marfleet for WOBYC, fifth David Mackley for NFSC and sixth David Yapp for NFSC.
After changing over boats and some crews the second race followed the same course and was shortened to one and a half rounds due to the failing wind. The finish was closer with Sam Woodcock finishing first, this time crewed by Wendy Bush in Foxglove, second was Tony Carver for WOBYC, third was Geoff Little for WOBYC, fourth was David Yapp, fifth was David Mackley and sixth Graham Reeve.
The overall result was a win for WOBYC with 19 points against 23 for Frostbites. These points will be carried forward to the return leg which will be sailed at Whitlingham in Norfolk Dinghies on 28th November.
David Yapp thanked the Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club for hosting the event and congratulated them on their 75th Anniversary this year. He also thanked the Waveney owners for lending their boats just a few days before the Annual Championships of the Class and also on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Class.
Sam Archer wins Junior Challenge Cup for 2nd year running
The Junior Challenge Cup took place in increasingly gusty conditions resulting in only two competitors. At the start Angus Windsor-Waite made a very good start. He was sailing B61 “Echo” crewed by Bernie Woodcock. Close behind up the first beat was Sam Archer sailing B20 “Kelpie” and crewed by Sam Woodcock. On rounding the top mark, Archer got into the lead and came downstream on the run, with jib goose-winged, almost planing in the gusts but still followed by Windsor-Waite not far behind. During the second lap Archer increased his lead and after two laps the race was won by him with a 3 minute lead. On handicap, Archer kept his time still with a two minute margin based on corrected time.
Archer was presented with the Junior Challenge Cup for the second year running.
Sunday 5th January 2020 Wells Team Race
Visitors from Wells Sailing Club were welcomed to Frostbites for the first leg of the annual team match between the two clubs for the Braconash Challenge Cup currently held by Frostbites. This cup was first sailed for in 1952 and competed for every year since.
The wind was a very light westerly demanding extreme concentration by the six helms to make the best of every little puff, particularly as the tide was significant throughout. In the first race, Pat Woodcock (NFSC) crewed by David Mackley in B53 “Twinkle” was away from the start and built up an unsurmountable lead. Woodcock was followed by Stephen Ellingham (also NFSC) crewed by Sam Woodcock in B61 “Echo” who, after a bit of a battle with Andrew Cracknell (WSC) sailing B50 “Dodman” crewed by Justine Cracknell, eventually broke free to move into second place. Danny Tyrrell (NFSC) sailing B47 “Brambling” and crewed by David Yapp, had close encounters with John Corney sailing B20 “Kelpie” crewed by Willian Fillingham for much of the race but eventually Tyrrell moved away and at the final mark also passed Andrew Cracknell to take third place. In the second race, after a congested start line, David Yapp (NFSC) sailing B6 “Lucifer beyond repair” crewed by Danny Tyrrell broke away to take the lead and maintained that position until the finish. Yapp was followed closely at times by David Mackley (NFSC) sailing B20 “Kelpie” and crewed by Pat Woodcock. Sam Woodcock (NFSC) sailing B50
“Dodman” crewed by Stephen Ellingham was in last position for much of the race but on the final beat to the top mark managed to overhaul three Wells boats to come in third at the finish. With a clean sweep Frostbites take a lead of 18 points to take up for the return match at Wells in June sailing in Sharpies.
WOBYC retain Ramuz Trophy at Frostbites by a single point
On Sunday 1st December Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club welcomed visitors from Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club to compete in the second leg of the annual team race between the two clubs. In the summer Frostbites came away with a one point lead.
In the first race six Norfolks, three helmed by each of the clubs, started the downstream course in a light northerly wind, keeping close to the south bank but having to put in a few tacks to keep away from the shallow spots on the way down and around the corner to the lower mark. Ian Keely sailing B71 “Wild Duck” crewed by Uzair Athur got away and lead for a while closely followed by David Yapp sailing B6 “Lucifer beyond repair” crewed by Sam Archer. On the run back upstream Yapp passed Keely rounding the lower middle mark and started the slow progress against the tide. Most of the fleet closed in, hugging the south bank to keep out of the tide. Yapp managed to retain his lead past the clubhouse and up to the top mark whilst second position was taken up by David Mackley sailing B50 “Dodman” crewed by Bernie Woodcock. The second round was much the same with positions changing behind but on the approach to the top mark for the second time Mackley, sailing Yapp’s boat, managed to overtake his own boat sailed by Yapp and went on to win for NFSC, Yapp was second also sailing for NFSC and in third place sailing for the visitors was Pete Matthews sailing B53 “Twinkle” crewed by Alan Cone. The visitors also took fourth and fifth places with the last boat home being from NFSC. After this first race therefore Frostbites lead by 3 points.
In the second race in even lighter conditions the visitors took control. Alan Cone, not normally regarded as a “river rat” but now sailing B6 “Lucifer beyond repair” and crewed by Pete Matthews shot ahead and won the two course race by some five minutes followed by Bernie Woodcock from Frostbites sailing B47 “Brambling” and crewed by David Mackley. The visitors also took third and fourth positions and so won the second race by 5 points. Overall taking into account the one point lead held by Frostbites at the start the end result was that WOBYC won the “Ramuz” trophy by 31 points to 32 and after lunch took the trophy back to Oulton for the second year running.
Frostbites Win Braconash Challenge Cup in Team Race vs. Wells Sailing Club
The members of Wells Sailing Club welcomed a team from Frostbites for the second leg of the annual team match between the two clubs for the Braconash Challenge Cup held by Wells for the last five years. Frostbites brought with them a 12 point lead from the first leg which was held at Thorpe in January.
The wind was a comfortable north-westerly in lovely conditions and the course for the first race was set starting near to the Pool buoy into the tide, around past the lifeboat station and into the bay. The return run then took the competitors back to the Pool buoy with a shortened course to finish just off the lifeboat station. Sam Woodcock for the Frostbites sailing Titania and crewed by Stephen Ellingham lead from the start and, despite a strong tide and variable winds, won the race by some distance from William Gibbs (WSC) sailing Rock-a Bye and crewed by Commodore, David Pentney-Smith. In third place was Chris Gibbs (WSC) sailing Tiger Sharp and crewed by Martin Few. These two boats pipped David Yapp and Bernie Woodcock who were close to finishing third but outdone by the tide and tactics of the home crews.
After changing over boats and some crews the second race followed the same course but the finish was set down past the Pool buoy so nearer the town quay as by now the tide was flowing out. After a tight start and many place changes Sam Woodcock, this time sailing Rock-a-Bye, again came in first with William Gibbs second in Titania this time crewed by Justine Sykes and third was Martin Few sailing Tiger Shark and crewed by Chris Gibbs.
On the day Wells Sailing Club took second, third and fourth positions in both races earning 18 penalty points against 24 for Frostbites. However the 12 point lead from the first leg meant that Frostbites won the Braconash Trophy this year. Commodore Sam Woodcock thanked Wells Sailing Club for their hospitality in the club afterwards and the owners of their lovely boats for making them available for the event wishing them well for the forthcoming British Sharpie Championships to be held at Wells on 7th - 9th June.
Second leg of Team Race with Wells Sailing Club (at Wells next the Sea)
Sharpies (6): 1. Titania (S Woodcock, S Ellingham), 2. Rock-a-Bye (W Gibbs, D Pentney-Smith), 3. Poelsnip (T Ashby, S Neale).
Sharpies (6): 1. Rock-a-Bye (S Woodcock, S Ellingham) 2. Titania (W Gibbs, J Sykes, 3. Tiger Shark (S Neale, T Ashby).
Points this leg: Wells SC 18, NFSC 24.
Overall both legs: NFSC 39, WSC 45. Winners of Braconash Trophy NFSC.
Team Match vs. NBYC Sailing Club - 1st Leg
Norfolk Broads Yacht Club dominate Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club in first leg
of Annual Team Match
Frostbites welcomed visitors from Norfolk Broads Yacht Club for the first leg of the
annual team match between the two clubs. Conditions were demanding with a
variable, gusty south west wind which produced many place changes over the two
back to back races. In the first race Ian Richardson (NBYC) sailing B53 “Twinkle”
and crewed by Sarah Hovey gradually worked his way to the front closely followed
by Matthew Thwaites (NBYC) in B15 “Wee Simby” crewed by his son Tom and they
finished in that order with only eleven seconds between the two boats. A minute later
Danny Tyrrell for Frostbites came in third sailing B71 “Wild Duck” and crewed by
Ray Johnson. That gave the visitors 8 penalty points against 13 for the home team.
In the second race following a change of boats and in some cases a reversal of crews
and helms, Mike Lees (NFSC) sailing B6 “Lucifer beyond repair” and crewed by Sam
Woodcock took the lead and held it for most of the race until on the last beat to the
finishing line was forced to tack off in a header allowing young Tom Thwaites
(NBYC), in B50 “Dodman” crewed by Matthew, close behind to tuck under and head
up to the line to take first place, much to the delight of his father but also his
grandfather watching from the clubhouse. In third place was Ian Richardson (NBYC)
who, having been at the back of the fleet earlier in the race, heeded the audible
instructions from his team to do better and obliged. That gave the visitors another five
point win as in the first race. The overall result was a conclusive win for NBYC by 16
points to 26.
Thorpe Parish Life
Article in Thorpe Parish Life magazine
Junior challenge Cup - Sunday 3rd February 2019
Winner Sam Archer being presented the Cup by Thorpe St Andrew Town mayor John Fisher
Team Match vs. WELLS Sailing Club - 1st Leg
Visitors from Wells Sailing Club were welcomed to Frostbites for the first leg of the annual team match between the two clubs for the Braconash Challenge Cup currently held by Wells for the last five years. This cup was first sailed for in 1952 and competed for every year since.
Overall points were NFSC 15, WSC 27 giving Frostbites a good lead to take up to Wells for the second leg in May.
Team Match vs. WOBYC - tie
Frostbites tie with Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club in annual team race competition
Visitors from Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club were welcomed and after a briefing two back to back races were organised in an increasing breeze, gusty in places but overall ideal conditions for the event. Alan Cone for the visitors, crewed by Gordon Royall in B50 “Dodman” took an early lead in the first race but eventually lost out to Geoff Coulthard for the home team, crewed by Sam Woodcock in B6 “Lucifer beyond repair”. Geoff went on to win the race with Ian Keely for the visitors second, crewed by Pete Matthews in B53 “Twinkle” and Alan Cone third. At the end of the race Frostbites had 11 penalty points and WOBYC had 10. After changing boats the second race was again competitive and closely contested. Frostbites held the first three places for a time but then Ian Keely sailing B15 “Wee Simby” got through two of the Frostbites boats and came in second behind Sam Woodcock for the home team crewed by Geoff Coulthard in B50 “Dodman”. In third place was Pat Woodcock crewed by David Mackley in B53 “Twinkle”. Frostbites 10 points, WOBYC 11. The overall result for the day was a tie as was the case when Frostbites visited Oulton Broad in the summer! A tie overall and WOBYC, being current holders of the Ramuz Trophy, retain it for another year.
Resident chef Bernie Woodcock, with his team of helpers, provided an excellent meal for members and visitors which rounded off a very enjoyable days sailing. Tony Calver the WOBYC Commodore toasted the Frostbites and Paul Tegerdine for the home side returned the compliment.
Ramuz Trophy Results - 20th October 2018 - won by NBYC
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Classic Boat have mentioned the Ramuz Trophy event held both in the magazine and on their website in the editor's blog:-
Also currently on the front page of their website.
Team Match vs. Norfolk Broads Sailing Club, Sunday 18 February 2018
The first leg of the annual team match between Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club and Norfolk Broads Yacht Club was sailed in Norfolk Dinghies at the Frostbite Club on 18th February. The wind was light and shifty but the competition was excellent with the team of young sailors from NBYC proving strong opposition for the home team. In the first race Chris Bunn and Ian Richardson took first place and Henry Harston and Tom Baker second to put NBYC ahead on points. In the second race there were plenty of changes of position and tactical moves to hold the interest of the spectators on the bank. In the last lap, Danny Tyrrell and Ray Johnson, sailing for Frostbites managed to work their way through the fleet to take the lead at the last mark. They took first place with Sam Woodcock and David Yapp also from Frostbites close behind. Overall NFSC finished the day with a two point advantage. Whether Frostbites can hold onto their lead will be decided in the second leg, to be sailed at Wroxham, in White Boats, in September.
Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club Junior Challenge Cup, Sunday 4 February 2018
Five young sailors, aged between 9 and 15 sailed in the Junior Challenge Cup race at Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club on Sunday. This race is an annual event which has recently been opened to sailors from other clubs is traditionally sailed in Norfolk One Design Dinghies and for some of the competitors it was the first time they had helmed a boat of this class. A handicap system based on the age of the helm is used to calculate the results.
Having established a lead in the first lap, George Curtis, sailing B 64, maintained this position to claim the trophy, coming in first, both on the water and on handicap. George who sails regularly at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club, was crewed by Glen Curtis. After a long battle with Charlie White in B 78, Hugo Blyth in B53, also from BASC, pulled ahead to come in second on the water but lost out to the younger sailors on handicap. Lizzy Ford, the youngest competitor, and holder of the trophy, came in a close second on handicap, sailing in B6, followed by Harry White in B71, in third.
Open Day - 29th October 2017
The day was very successful despite the flood. Lots of visitors managed to reach us either by paddling down the lane or being ferried from the boatyard to the front of the clubhouse. Next year we will need to remind visitors to wear their wellies!
NFSC win Ramuz Trophy
The Ramuz Trophy was presented by Frostbite member Len Ramuz back in 1950 for an annual competition by clubs affiliated to the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association. A different venue is selected each year and the host club provides a set of matched class dinghies or keelboats loaned by its members. Any club affiliated to the NSBA can send one helm and crew to compete to find the Champion Club. The teams sail two heats arranged such that every team sails at least once again every other team. The boats are allocated by the NSBA Officials and the teams have to sail a different boat in each race. The top six Teams from the Heats then sail a final race for the Trophy.
This year the event was held at Coldham Hall Sailing Club on the River Yare in Yeoman Class keelboats. The winning team this year was Paul Tegerdine (Helm) and David Yapp (Crew) representing Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club. In the 67 year history of the event NFSC are the most successful Club with 13 wins, closely followed by Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club (Lowestoft) with 11 wins and Norfolk Broads Yacht Club (Wroxham) and Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club both with 10 wins.
Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club is one of a handful of sailing clubs in the country that only sail during the winter months between October and the end of March. The club is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the club at its open day to watch the racing that starts at 11.00am or to have a taster sail with a club member when the racing finishes at 1.00pm. The club is located at Girlings Lane, Thorpe St Andrew.
Attached picture of Ramuz trophy with winning crew David Yapp (left) and helm Paul Tegerdine.
For more information contact Steven Ford on 07838 832058. (picture by Pat Tegerdine).