Sorry For the slight delay folks, the beach regatta results are now online. Well done to Phil & Dennis Manning in their Wayfarer.
15 boats took to the water last Sunday for the first instalment of the Sprint series at Gorleston.
The race team set a large windward leeward course with a pleasant F2 SWerly. The flooding tide made short work of the beat to the relief of the ‘hikers’, I say that from experience!
Race 1 – Dave Abbott and Richard Sawyer in their Hobie Tiger led the fleet round the windward mark. Most of the fleet reached offshore where there appeared to be more wind but Gary Fryer sailing a RS300 soaked deep staying inshore and out of the tide which saw him round the leeward mark amongst the leading pack of RS400’s and D-One’s. A position he retained until the finish giving him a win of nearly two minutes on corrected time. The D-Ones were have a close battle with many place changes throughout the race, Martin Browne led over the line to claim second with Chris Sallis close behind to finish third.
Race 2 – the wind had picked up to F3-4 and with the tide easing the sea conditions began to change with some good rollers developing offshore providing great surfing conditions off wind. Dave and Richard again stormed off into the lead lapping many boats but could not gain enough to hold their handicap. Gary Fryer kept to his plan avoiding the tide downwind to win the race but this time by only a few seconds from the leading D-One, which this time was Chris Sallis. It is a rare occasion when no 400’s appear in the podium places but Commodore Ed Anderson, slumming it in his Laser instead of the Hobie Tiger edged out Richard and Carol by a few seconds to claim third spot.
Although Race 3 got under way the wind got a little friskier and the sea offshore was getting challenging with some big rollers. This led to a few capsizes with the added complication of the rescue having some fuel issues. This meant the committee boat having to leave station to assist and so the race was abandoned.
A flat sea, the sun out, a variable breeze and a good turnout of 17 boats for this years start of season regatta. The shifting breeze resulted in a tight first race with Jamie Freeman taking the win in his borrowed RS300, just piping the Highfields RS500 and Nick Favell in his Phantom.
Race 2 went the way of the Asymmetric boats , Chris Sallis taking the win in his D1 from Dave Houghton/John Symonds RS500 and Richard Fryer/Carol Smalls RS400.
Race 3 started with all to play for with a number of boats still in with a chance of the trophy. It was another tight race with several changes at the front. Richard/Carol took the race win by only 8 seconds from Chris, with Richard Browne and Crew in their RS400 (sorry Richard I don’t know your crews name!) taking a comfortable 3rd.
After 3 tight races and 3 different race winners, Chris Sallis took the trophy by one point from Richard and Carol with Phil and Tamsin 3rd.