Norwich Model Yacht Club

2013 Yare Cup



A total of 14 skippers had entered the event, however due to various reasons only 9 made it to the start line. Sympathy must go to Terry Burton who had entered the event only to trip over at Filby the previous week resulting in a couple of broken ribs - we hope to see him back on the water very soon.


The 9 competitors from 4 different clubs assembled at 9:30am to find almost perfect sailing conditions with a 10 knot NW breeze and very pleasent sunny conditions.


Race Officer, Vinnie Zammit, set a triangular and sausage coyrse and from the start it became apparent that the wind direction was going to vary from NE to N and back again. This resulted in 6 slight course changes throughout the day. All competitors accected these changes well and so it was assurred that all of the races started with a beat to windward.


By lunchtime it became obvious that Pete Sutton was well in contention with 6 wins, followed by Alf Reynolds winning 2 and Rick Buxton winning 1.


After lunch the wind had increased to over 15 knots in the gusts and there was talk of changing down to No 2 rigs. This never happened and some entertaining down wind runs took place, much to the amusement of the casual on looking public!


The afternoon session was again dominated by Peter with another 8 wins which secured his 1st place overall. Tom Wilkinson, with some good sailing, took the other 2. Rick continued to sail steadily into 2nd position overall. Mention must go to Chris Pearson, who although not winning any races, his placing consistency awarded him 3rd overall. For those of you who are wondering....Yes Alf Reynolds did try 3 port flyers.....and got away with 2 !!!

Event report

As a last...but most important note....I would like to congratulate all the competitors for their sportsman like attitude throughout the event. Also a very special thanks to those members of the NMYC for giving up their time to help run the event.

Vinnie Zammit 28th May 2013