A handicap hat-trick for Streaker

The summer sailing season on Oulton Broad finally ended last Sunday in weather which seemed as though it was getting ready for the winter season.

No sun, intermittent rain and a wind that moved during the day from around south east to almost north which taxed OOD David Gooch's skills.

Each class sailed three races with the best two results to count and there was some close racing although the numbers on the water were disappointing.

The Fast Handicap race mustered eight boats and although Veronica Falat's Streaker was the slowest boat she was often in front of much faster boats and managed to win all three races on handicap, two of them by almost two minutes.

Husband Ben, making his second appearance in a Phantom, had to be content with second overall counting two seconds and a third to beat Duncan Madin by just one point.


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Seven juniors turned out in a mixture of Toppers and RS Teras and George Catchpole with two firsts and a second just piped Bethany Hood by one point, both sailing Teras while Gemma Smalls took third in a Topper.

Alan Cone won the first and last Laser races with Simon Beckett second in both but Andy Bedwell missed out on second overall by not sailing the third race which meant that he did not have a third result to count back from tieing with four points from Simon.

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With only two boats out David Leech won the first two races from Judith Butters which saved having to sail the third race but things were much closer in the Waveneys.

With only six on the water the first race was won by Geoff Little and Sue Harper from Trevor Balls and Val Walker with Colin Fowler and Mike Beech third.

The second race saw a complete reshuffle as Gordon Stables and Charles Hawksworth took first from George Gower and Julia Deary with Jake and Trevor Balls third. Geoff Little got the start time wrong but this opened up the results so any one of six boats still had a chance of an overall win. But Geoff made no mistake this time and lead throughout as Trevor Balls dropped to last before climbing back to second. Colin Fuller took another third place but was beaten for third overall by Gordon Stables.

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