Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club would like to invite friends to a number of events to celebrate our 70th Anniversary.
Thursday 20th June – Thursday Evening Regatta – Start time 7pm
This is likely to be 2 or 3 races over a shorter inshore course than Sundays and with usually lighter evening winds a great opportunity to race on the sea. The evening sailing tends to attract more Single Handers especially Lasers than the larger weekend courses.
Saturday 22nd June Beach Regatta . – Start time 13:00 Briefing 12:00
Sunday 23rd June Beach Regatta – Start Time 10:30
This is our main open event of the year with 3 races back to back races each day.
After the strong winds and rain of Saturday competitors enjoyed sunshine and a manageable F3 for the Britannia Pier race. With the wind coming from the south it was a long downwind leg to the Britannia Pier mark. The Catamarans led the fleet with Ed Andersons Spitfire just ahead of David Brief in his Shadow-X at the mark. These two led over the line with visitors Will Pank and Seb Gotto sailing a 29’er very close behind and winning on corrected time. The flood tide made the long beat back to Gorleston easier for the hiking boats with the Wayfarer of visitors Phil & Dennis Manning claiming second on corrected time.
This week saw the start of the summer series and the weather matched the season with a warm F3-4 SE’erly breeze. 12 boats launched with two electing to spent the day blasting around. Race one started just as the tide started to ebb and with the sea relatively flat. The race team set a slightly port bias line with Dave & John (RS400) nearly succeeding doing a port hand flyer only to be thwarted by Richard & Carol (RS400). Everyone elected to stick inshore up the beat with Chris (D-One) first round the windward mark closely followed by the rest of the pack. On gybing Chris managed to get a perfectly formed hour glass in his spinnaker which he was unable to remove so headed inshore. After two laps Richard & Carol and Dave & John rounded the gate together closely followed by Phil (Contender) with Phil & Lorna (RS400) and Steve (D-One) just a few seconds apart. Just three seconds separated the first three boats as they crossed the line with Richard & Carol claiming line honours with Phil next but first on corrected time. Anna & Keith (RS500) suffered a ‘Gnav’ failure on the final lap which also damaged their mast causing them to head for shore. By now the tide had picked up a bit and with it the sea state, making it more challenging. The cauldron was now living up to it’s name, what a difference a day makes ! Several boats headed for shore which soon become the popular move and so we headed in for an early lunch in the sun on the prom. Thanks for the race team for a great days sailing.
The race team ran a packed racing programme on Thursday evening fitting in three races. Very close racing all evening with Keith (Laser) in good form winning all three, presumably hyped up with the thought of escaping an evening with Take That !! Richard Brown (Solution) a little unlucky being only a few seconds behind Keith in every race. Richard Foster (Laser) putting in a good performance in race one to finish third but was observed testing the water on occasions, apparently it wasn’t too cold. Phil, having now completed the ‘rebuild’ of his RS700 quickly got up to speed to take third in the last two races. Afterwards it was pie and beans on the prom as it was such a lovely evening, Phil’s cooking becoming so famous some of our SUP members joined the feast. Thanks to Richard the third, aka Mr Fryer and Des for their slick race management providing a very busy evening.
What a lovely weekend ! 9 Guest’s, at least 1 new member (Welcome Richard!) visitors boats with Py’s from 907 to 1215 a great time was had by all.
Our spring social on Saturday evening was so nice, thank you everyone who came to that. Lovely food and great company.
Sailing on Sunday was great, everyone was buzzing when the came off the water.
Open Day – thank you so much to everyone who come down today and helped make today such a perfect day and staying so long to help pull the boats back up the beach, launching was easy, the sea was flat and the wind was perfect, again everyone was buzzing when they come off the water.
See you Thursday Evening, if you want to use a club boat please email Phil.
A Big thanks to Kevin and the safety boat teams for these photos. We have been very lucky in have Kevin available to take great photos so far around 12,000 and counting
You can also check them out and download any you would like from our FLIKR page
The race team opted to set a straightforward windward leeward course for the days sailing. The day started with a warm F3-4 wind from the SW and low water at the start of racing with flood tide kicking in shortly after. Eleven boats ventured out onto the water with Tom and Will, having rigged the 505 deciding to stay ashore. Race 1 got underway with the sea quite flat. The 29’er of visitors Sam & Chris quickly opened up a gap over the rest of the fleet which they consolidated over the remaining laps. Richard & Kristof (RS400) led the chasing pack after the first lap. Nick (D-One) overhauled them to lead after the second lap and Ed (Spitfire), recovering from a slow start led the pack at the finish.
There were a few retirements with Dave & John (RS400) and Chris (D-One) experiencing spinnaker problems. On corrected time Sam & Chris winning by over five minutes, Phil (Contender) having remained close to the chasing pack claimed second over Nick. Race two turned into a capsize fest! The wind was still F3-4 but the sea state now ‘slight. Once again Sam & Chris lead the pack after lap one followed by Dave & John and Ed Lap two proved to be a challenging lap for some with by Sam & Chris and Dave & John capsizing on the gybe to the gate and Richard & Robyn having problems when dropping their spinnaker.
On lap three Nick took a swim on the gybe with Phil doing likewise just before reaching the gate. Richard & Kristof proved staying upright is always quicker and took the race win by nearly two minutes. Despite the antics only 18 seconds separated the next four boats with Richard & Robyn just beating Phil.
Race three saw a reduced number on the start line, just three to be precise. The wind had increased a tad to F4 and the sea state approaching moderate. Sam & Chris had a delayed start, leaving the two RS400’s of Dave & John and Richard & Kristof to fight it out enjoying a close tussle over two laps with the downwind legs providing some of the best sailing this year. Dave & John crossing the line just ahead of Richard & Kristof.
Thanks to the race team of Anna, Keith and Steve for an ‘entertaining’ days sailing.
There were five classes of dinghy represented on Thursday evening, RS400, D-One, Contender, RS300 & Laser. With low water at around the start of racing the ebb tide was easing which was just as well as the warm Southerly F3 wind eventually turned to the SE and decreasing to a F1 by the end of race two. Race one – Dave (RS300) and Adrian (D-One) led at the windward mark. After one lap Dave led Ed (Contender) and Phil & Lorna (RS400). A shift in the wind to the SE on the next lap resulted in Dave the biggest benefactor ending the ‘beat’ on a fetch to the mark and taking the race win. Phil & Lorna eased past Ed on the second lap with Keith (Laser) staying in contention to take second on corrected time and Ed pipping Phil & Lorna to third
With the wind now from the SE the race team moved the windward mark for race two. Dave tried a port end flyer only to have the duck most of the fleet. However, a couple of boats had a somewhat hampered start as they snagged the warp on the start line mark. Dave led after lap one with Phil & Lorna a few seconds ahead of Adrian. The wind now dropped to about F1. Despite the decreased wind the tide was now negligible the second lap was actually quicker. Dave taking line honours, Keith repeating his second place and Phil & Lorna claiming third spot. Thanks to Richard and Des for running the racing and providing us with a very pleasant evening sailing.
As the boats were being rigged for the days activities there was still evidence of the early morning mist, thankfully this soon cleared and visibility during the racing was fine. Race one started with a NE’erly F2. There was still a small flood tide so most of the fleet kept inshore on the beat. The two catamarans soon edged ahead and after the first lap had over a minutes lead on the dinghy fleet. Ed and Joe (Spitfire) led David B (Shadow-X) for the first two laps at which point David B found another gear opening up a two minute lead at the finish line. Dave H (RS300) led the dinghy fleet with Phil & Lorna (RS400) close behind. On the final downwind leg Richard & Robyn (RS400) gybed early and found some extra pressure, just beating Phil & Lorna over the line. The tide was negligible at the start of race two and the wind had increased slightly. The two catamarans were rightly leading after the first lap but close behind were Tom & Will (505) and Dave H, with the rest of the fleet a short distance behind. With Joe now at the helm, the Spitfire stepped up the pace, opening up a near two minute lead. Tom & Will and Dave H spent the entire race only a few metres apart with the rest of the fleet a short distance behind. Dave H taking the race on corrected time with Anna & Keith (RS500) second. The wind had increased to a good F3 and the tide had changed and now ebbing at the start of race three. This may explain the unusual phenomenon at Gorleston of a general recall. All clear on the second attempt with David B leading from start to finish opening up a considerable lead and taking the win on handicap. With tide making light work of the beats everyone was enjoying the long off wind legs in the fantastic conditions planning in the small swell which had now build up. Richard & Robyn and Anna & Keith were having the closest tussle of the day and after four laps were one second apart. On corrected time Anna & Keith taking another second.
Thanks to the race team and Kristof who kindly volunteered to assist.