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Race Title: Founders Cup Location: Wroxham Broad Race Date: 24-25 August 2019
Officer of the Day: Henry Harston, NBYC Timekeepers: Provided by NBYC No. of Entries:
6 Overall Regatta Result: 1st: Jeff Harteveldt and Mick Bashford in Déjà Vu
2nd: Peter Coleman and Maggie Lomax in Quartet
3rd: Nigel Wordingham and Ray Segon in Cho Cho San
Other boats racing: My Weigh, Tallulah, Strega
The Founders Cup returned to Wroxham under the auspices of the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. We were greeted by the OOD Henry Harston and Commodore Andrew Wood. We thank them for organising the racing, mooring and the meal, all greatly appreciated.
Six boats entered the regatta, 5 or 6 more moored as visitors and other members came by car. The wind was not too strong so favoured the faster 800s. Henry explained that since the wind was across the Broad, he was setting a zig zag course with plenty of tacking. Aided by a map, we set off for the first race, but our counting ability deserted us and we all stopped after round 2 instead of 3. We thus scored “Did Not Finish”, to the entertainment of a substantial shore- based NRSC crowd. Many offers of counting lessons!
The second race was run over a similar course – Cho Cho San looked in danger of making Déjà Vu work for it when the nut on the end of the tiller had a senior moment and went round the wrong mark. However, it led to interesting interaction between Cho Cho San, Quartet and Tallulah, with Tallulah finishing 15 secs behind Cho Cho San after over an hour’s racing.
We relaxed over drinks whilst enjoying the view of the Broad in the beautiful sunshine and used their rather grand bell to summon members to dinner in the bar, where the very helpful staff were rewarded with a collection and a warm NRSC round of applause.
Sunday morning dawned with no wind and flags hanging limply. Discussions with the Commodore and OOD resulted in a gloomy prognosis for nothing but a sea breeze until after 14:00. In the event, the flags lifted at midday and NBYC got us going at 12.35. With the wind down the Broad, a triangular course resulted in a shorter race. Déjà Vu went clear, despite Quartet’s best efforts to luff him off the Broad. Cho Cho San seemed magnetically attracted to Quartet and the other supposedly slower boats were going well. My Weigh and Strega were exactly tied at 3rd on corrected time. Quartet was only a few seconds behind Cho Cho San in unadjusted time.
The OOD managed a second race at 14:00. The wind was backing easterly so we finished off with another zig zag course. By this time even Cho Cho San had got the hang of it but Déjà Vu once again managed to get away and win quite comfortably, with Cho Cho San second.
We then gathered in the bar and the Commodore duly presented the cup and Memosail watch before we went our separate ways. Report by Nigel Wordingham