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Regatta Week – This week come and Join Us

Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club would like to invite friends to a number of events the first on Monday 28th May.

Event Details.

Thursday 21st June – Thursday Evening Regatta – Start time 7pm

This is likely to be 2 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 23rd June Beach Regatta . – Start time 13:00 Briefing 12:00

Sunday 24th 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.


Sunday 29th July – Lowestoft passage Race. – Start time 10:30

The planned race is to Lowestoft and back depending on favourable conditions

Directions to GYGSC can be found here (Club, Location)

Any Questions please contact

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Summer Series and Air Show

There was a lot of activity in Gorleston today with many people there to watch the Gt Yarmouth Air Show. Parking places were at a premium and the sensible ones arrived early. It was a cloudy day with the wind generally coming from the SW and ranging from F5 to F1. Race one was the most testing with some big shifts and gusts which did see a few sailors testing the water. Phil Highfield (RS700) sailed consistently well opening up sizable leads in all races to claim three comfortable wins, only being pressed by Chris Sallis (D-One) in race one. In the second race the wind settled to a relatively steady F2-3 providing some close racing amongst the D-Ones and RS400’s, with Nick Favell(D-One) claiming second. By the time the final race started the wind had eased to a F1-2 and shifting between SW and WSW. With Phil sailing his own race the others enjoyed another close battle with only a few seconds between them. This time Dave Houghton, with guest crew for the day Tom Carr (RS400) claiming second. Thanks to Jamie, Nick and Lea for providing a good days sailing and looking after those who needed assistance. Results now on club website

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Thursday evening sailing

The forecast proved accurate on Thursday with the wind, which had been quite strong all day easing to 10 mph from the West just before the start of the racing to provide a pleasant, if testing evenings sail. However,  the wind decided to test the fleet dropping at first and eventually  doing a U-turn ! The Race team sensibly shortened the race with the single handers coping best in the conditions with Mark Porter in a club Laser winning both line honours and on handicap. Phil Alison in  his Contender was just behind to claim second.

With the wind now a steady 12mph from the East the race team moved to the ‘new’ leeward mark to start the second race. Phil Alison led the fleet for the first two laps until he decided to ‘moor up’ to one of the marks, leaving Keith and Anna in their 500 to take line honours. Mark however, was close enough behind to claim the race win on corrected time with Keith and Anna second.  Mark  proved very consistent throughout the evening putting in laps times of 7.31, 7.35, 7.32 and a late spurt on the last lap of 7.27.  Thanks to the race team of Phil and Lorna for an enjoyable evening sail and for providing supper in the club afterwards. Results are on the club website


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Britiannia Pier race

There was quite a mixture of boats for the Britainnia Pier race, ranging from a Shadow X to a Wayfarer plus the usual batch of D-Ones and RS’s. There was a F2-3 NE-erly and with the tide ebbing it meant an easier beat to the mark just of the Britiannia Pier. The race team set the start just off the café so most ventured straight offshore into the tide. Considering the wind direction it was surprisingly shifty so there was plenty of tacks required as we headed up North. Unsurprisingly David Brief in his Shadow X was first to round followed some time later by Tom & Will in (505), Chris (D-0ne) and Dave & John(400), with the later two heading straight inshore to escape the tide and Tom & Will heading directly back south. A little way back the remaining boats rounded the mark relatively close with Steve (D-One) catching some good pressure as he headed inshore catching the others ahead. The run back to the finish was slow although David (Shadow) did a disappearing job opening up a huge lead. Chris (D-One) did a good job hugging the shore to open a gap on the others. Phil, back over from Oz and swapping foiling Wazp for a Wayfarer for the day with dad Dennis steered a beeline along the coast which for them proved the best option holding their position on the water in a fleet of faster boats. Suspect Phil would have preferred the Wazp! With Lorna swapping ships and sailing with Keith (500) as Phil was sailing with brother Paul, back here from New Zealand there may have been a little rivalry between the club top couple. At the finish it was Lorna earning bragging rights as their crossed the line just 20 second ahead of Phil. Once the times were inputted into sailwave it was David who emerged top dog with Phil & Dennis claiming second. Full results are on the website. Thanks to the race team for a pleasant day on the water.

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Open Day

A great Open Day a Gorleston, a Force 3 North Easterly on a flat and sunny sea.  The near perfect conditions allowed friends and family experience the best that GYGSC has to offer.  An exhilarating sail in the morning followed by lunch  of hotdogs in the sun.  Then back out for what turned out to be a Rs400 masterclass in the afternoon, Ed looking very comfortable with first outing on the sea in his topper and generally big smiles all round,  Fist pics taken from the rib now and more from Kevin next week.

You can also check them out and download any you would like from our FLIKR page

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How To Downlaod a Photo from the GYGSC Flickr page 2015

May 28th Open Day

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Thursday 24th May

It seemed that we had a change in season within a few hours as during the afternoon it was a warm sunny summers day, by the time we arrived at Gorleston for the evenings sailing it was overcast, raining and a noticeable drop in temperature making feel distinctly autumnal. This didn’t dissuade the hardy few who decided to venture out. Despite the conditions the actual sailing proved to be pretty good. There was just a hint of flood tide remaining, there was a moderate swell and a steady F2-3 NNW wind. In the first race Keith (Laser) and Richard (Laser) hit the line first and headed inshore with Tamsin (Laser) opting to go offshore followed by Phil &Lorna (400) and Chris (Laser). At the windward mark the first four were closely packed with Keith leading the pack. Phil & Lorna eventually took the lead and built a small lead crossing the line first but close behind were the Lasers led by Tamsin with Keith and Richard just a few seconds behind. In the second race Chris and Keith led the pack from the line. Keith gradually extended his lead crossing the line first followed by Phil & Lorna and Richard who crossed only one second apart.

Results are on the GYGSC site –

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May 20th Report

The forecast did not look promising with very light winds predicted in the morning but increasing around midday. With the members congregating on the prom there were a few short periods of some wind separated with periods of little wind. Some decided to return home but six boats decided to venture out hoping that the predicted wind would arrive early. A light SE’erly held for a little while but a few minutes before the start the wind dropped. This left two boats a few metres down tide of the start line and facing an agonisingly long wait to cross the line. Richard and Robyn (400) timed their start well to cross first with Jamie(700) second. After a few minutes these two found a calm patch leaving Dave and John (400) to take the lead. With the flooding tide taking the boats down to the windward mark, rounding close was crucial to reduce the long haul against the tide back to the leeward mark. The leading pack rounded relatively close with Dave and John hoisting their kite. Close behind were Richard and Robyn who continued two sailing which proved the better tactic as they drew level prompting Dave and John to drop their kite. These two were close until halfway back to the leeward mark when Dave and John slowly opened a gap and were pleased to see the blue finish flag flying as they crossed the leeward gate. Further back the last two boats, who had given the others a considerable head start as it took them several minutes to cross the line caught a nice breeze from the East allowing them to three sail all the way back to the line and crossing close to the others and overtaking Chris (Contender) and Jamie(700).
There was a short deliberation as to whether to stay out for another race but the general consensus was to head for shore where we enjoyed some chilli and garlic bread from last nights excellent social event. Needless to say the wind did arrive but too late!
Thanks to Phil, Tom and Matt – OOD team.

Report kindly provided by Dave Houghton

Final Results are on the GYGSC site –  Spring Series 2018 Results

Congratulation to Dave and John RS400 Winners of the Spring Series

Richard and Robyn 2nd and Richard and Carol 3rd.

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Photo’s from May 13th

There are some great ones.

A Big thanks to Kevin for these photos. We have been very lucky in have Kevin available to take great photos so far around 8000 and counting

You can also check them out and download any you would like from our FLIKR page

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How To Downlaod a Photo from the GYGSC Flickr page 2015

May 13th

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May 13th Report

Light winds and grey skies were the order of the day at Gorleston, but at least it had stopped raining by the time we arrived at the club!  10 boats launched onto a very flat sea, the westerly F1-2 breeze meant a long beat towards the cliffs, but considering the direction it remained relatively stable.

David Brief sailing a Shadow was an early leader in race one but encountered a technical problem resulting in a retirement. The D-One of Chris Sallis then took the lead and held on to the finish, winning by a minute over the 400’s of Richard Fryer & Oliver Hunt and Richard Brown & Robyn Ollington.

Race two saw a three way battle at the front between Phil Highfield in his 700, David(Shadow) and Chris (D-One). These three built up good lead on the pursuing pack with only a few seconds between them. David won the line honours but Chris won on corrected time. The 400’s of Richard & Oliver and Richard & Robyn keep close enough to the leaders to claim second and third.

In the final race of the day Phil(700) had built a sizable lead after the first lap and was looking good for a race win however, the wind had other ideas! On what was to be the final downwind leg there were some winners and losers as the wind initially dropped. Phil(700) held onto his lead but the rest of the fleet slowly caught up. Richard & Robyn successfully located  the calmest patch on the water costing them a good finish. Nick Favell (D-One) and Keith & Anna (500) had been a little way back but a late charge to the finish when they managed to catch good pressure as the wind began to turn rapidly catching the leading pack. Chris(D-One) claimed first place, Nick(D-One) second, and Richard & Oliver third.

Thanks to Tom, Ed, Dave and John – OOD team.

Results are on the GYGSC site –  Spring Series 2018 Results

Report kindly provided by Dave Houghton


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Thurs May 10th Report

The Thursday evening series got underway last night. Boats had to be walked through a film set as Danny Boyles film crew were doing some night shots, don’t think any of us will be starring in the film though.  It was a lovely evening with a steady 10 mph wind and flat sea. A small but select fleet of five boats took to the water.  The race team managed to fit in two races sailed back to back which saw a Laser battle between Tamsin and Richard with honours being shared.  Thanks to Phil and Matt (Our new and very welcome safetyboat assistant) for OOD-ing. The evening finished munching pasties in the clubhouse.

Results are on the GYGSC site –  Thursday Series 2018 Results

Report kindly provided by Dave Houghton

May 10th

Photos kindly provided by Phil Harlow

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