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Winning the Nancy Blackett Trophy at a Swallows and Amazons Weekend in 'Secret Water' | | Swallows and Amazons
Last month the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club hosted the Old Gaffers Association's Swallows and Amazons weekend in the Walton Backwaters – Arthur Ransome's 'Secret Water', writes Matt Plummer. It was the association's nineteenth consecutive visit and twenty-four boats signed on for the main race on Saturday, which involved circumnavigating both Horsey Island and Honeypot Island. The fleet comprised many different boats, including several club boats from Walton, which ended up providing four of the first five home. Early action – the fleet shortly after the start, heading down the Walton Channel/Clacton and Frinton Gazette. The Nancy Blackett Trophy was won by Spinel, a Jewel sailed by Robin Cooper, while a Concept-class boat, a Gaff cutter-rigged Wayfarer, with a bright pink topsail, came in a close second. Robin Cooper wins the Nancy Blackett Trophy in Spinel during Old Gaffers Association's Swallows and Amazons Weekend/Clacton and Frinton Gazette. White Diamond, another Jewel, was