Conditions undermine racing for Beccles ASC
Gales during the week gave way to a lack of wind at Beccles ASC on Saturday afternoon making progress on the Waveney agonisingly slow.
Fourteen helms gathered for the Winter Tankard that got underway from a reaching start but lacked the usual excitement and adrenalin as helms headed slowly, aided by light north easterly and the slack low tide, up to number three. Simon Strode and Richard Lewis in their Enterprises shared an early lead until Jonathan Blankley with Jess Hirst in the RS200 gathered pace to slip through on the way back to the bridge mark and take the first win.
Race two was hampered by the now flooding tide and with the wind gone Blankley and Folkard patiently persevered as the rest of the fleet drifted backwards before retiring. Progress was equally slow in the Topper fleet although Rachael Folkard in 'Moody Margaret' recovered well from being over on the start to the first of two wins from rivals Ellie Edward, Poppy Roll and Ollie Meek.