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Apr-12-2005 @ 4:07 PM                           Permalink
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Anyone doing the race this year? Anyone have any memorable things happen to the in previous Three Rivers races?

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I suspect that this is a thread which will run and run and run mainly about things which happened to other people. A really great idea. Us latter day stinkies cannot wait to hear the worst Evil Grin  Was it two years ago that a well known yard owner demasted a couple of boats at Reedham as a result of a unexpected gust of wind? Wink  Would anyone like to suggest the best vantage points for watching the exciting bits Smile

I know you knew what you were doing, dear, but you still hit the other boat! Bill...

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Apr-12-2005 @ 4:42 PM                           Permalink
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I intended this posting specifically for the Three Rivers race that takes place near the beginning of June starting at Horning, sailing on the Bure, Ant and Thurne and back to Horning.

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Apr-12-2005 @ 4:43 PM                           Permalink
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I have no idea if I'm doing the race this year.. it's all exam permitting! And in light of Bill's post (unsure if the Reedham comment was related to the 3RR at all), can I share the route with the stinkies out there who may not be well rehearsed:

Start at Horning SC about lunch time (most inconvenient for eating), then there are marks to be rounded at South Walsham Broad, Ludham Bridge on the Ant, then down to Thurne mouth where you get to decide whether or not to shoot up to Hickling Broad *under Potter Bridge*, or down to a Lower Bure mark somewhere downstream of Acle (near Stracy ish).

It's been eventful each year I have done it, bar one... I'm sure some other unsuspecting skipper will share all when he gets back from work!  Wink

**It's all funny 'til someone loses an eye. Then it's just hilarious!**

I knew I would regret writing so much! You beat me to it Broads  Playful Wink  and FYI.... I sail too... not often tho, it's a bit far from Derby! Smile

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If you do what will you be sailing in Zig Zag?

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No sorry it didn't, rather as an exemplar of the fact that broads sailing races in my limited experience are far from a leisurely preamble. Not perhaps for the faint hearted, is that fair? Considering the value and age of some of the boats, an event for the brave even. In all sincereity I was suggesting that anyone new to broads sailing but with their own boat might wish to view their first one from the bank just to see what was involved. I was never more than a coarse sailor, nothing wrong in that, but I don't know whether I would have wanted to push a yacht in the way that the true racing types are prepared to do. It is quite a sight and something that never seems to get the local TV coverage one might expect.

I know you knew what you were doing, dear, but you still hit the other boat! Bill...

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I've just added a few more 3RR photos to the Horning web-site at http://www.horning.org.uk/horninggallery.php?page=trr&menu=horning

Craig

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Did the race in 02 and 04.  The 02 race was the second time I'd ever sailed competitively, and was something of a baptism of fire since our one previous foray had been against only one other boat...

So we hoisted sail and set off for the start, nav light battery fully charged, loaded up with the obligatory safety gear, silly hats, several crates of Stella and everything else needed for a successful day's racing...

Well, almost everything.  It became apparent, around the time the 10 minute gun went, that no-one had thought to bring a stopwatch to time the start.  OK, so I should have thought of it, but I am a strong believer in telepathic delegation.  Consequently, we weren't exactly in pole position for the line...

"How long d'ye reckon now?"
"Dunno, about a minute and a half?"
"Right..."

"How long now then?"
"Dunno, say about 45.. BANG!!!"
"B*#@@##!!"

Somehow, the front of the start behind caught up with the back of our start, and we finished up tacking past the Swan sandwiched in the middle of a vast flotilla of yachts.  I don't think such a scene had been witnessed since Nelson was at Trafalgar.

Actually, "tacking" isn't really the right term to use, because it implies an element of control.  Sails flapping and barely in steerage, every coarse sailing trick in the book had to be employed to get round.

Anyone who's been in a 3RR start will know that the racing rules are not rigorously applied, and it's a good job because otherwise, the protest committee would probably still be sorting it out now.  For example, there are various local rules in the sailing instructions about illegal methods of propulsion, but fortunately they don't say anything about pulling yourself along the side of someone else's boat...

So there we were, coming to the end of one of our "tacks",  sandwiched between two equally out of control yachts and aiming for a nice moored motor cruiser which subsequently turned out to be the support boat for the veteran river cruiser "Crystal"...

"Ready about?" I said, hopefully...

..."at least it's only glass" I thought, as the bowsprit went through the galley window, clearing the draining board of crockery.  Then, as we gently bounced off on the bobstay, the bowsprit cap caught the aluminium window frame, ripping it out of the side of the boat to the accompaniment of the sound of splintering fibreglass...

You'd think things could only get better after that, wouldn't you?  Well you'd be wrong, because we did EXACTLY the same thing at the Ludham bridge turning mark, this time to the Nancy Oldfield Trusts "Maureen Kenyon".

After that, we continued to finish without incident, albeit, as I recall, in last place.  In 2004, apart from a couple of the usual topsail related intractible rigging tangles, the race passed without incident up until the point when we decided to retire at about two in the morning after taking 3 hours to make 100 yards downstream from Potter Bridge.

But we'll be back!  Perhaps not this year, cos I'm supposed to be working, but we'll see...

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Oh, I know so little.

I'm still struggling to understand the game.

I know that the race is over 24 hours, and I now know where it starts.

But what's this about Acle OR Potter? Do you get to make a tactical choice between the two?

But then what happens? Back to Horning, right?

And the 24 hours bit?
So sailing through the night is part of the fun?

Am I right in thinking that on a good day, the leaders can do it before dusk on the first day? No? So what's the record?

And the most foolish question of all.
What's the prize?

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BB - what yacht were you on, I've only posted a small select on the web-site, so I might have a photo of you in full sail (or sunk Evil Grin  )

Craig

Anyone esle who was in the race over the past few years, please let me know and I hunt through the piccies - I did concentrate on the River Cruiser Class

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