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).