Arrival of winter boats signals the end of summer

The Squib open meeting on Oulton Broad is the event when traditionally the summer fleet welcomes the winter only boats back to the Broad before the start of the full winter season.

Sailed on a dull Sunday with showers and a gentle westerly breeze there was a good fleet of 11 boats, which will grow as at least four boats were missing.

John Lockwood, fresh from winning the summer series, took an early lead in the first race, but on the second round was passed by both Bryan Riley and David Gooch and they finished in that order.

The second race had an unlikely ragged start from which David Gooch got away fastest, but at the first mark John Lockwood was on his transom.

Behind them both was Bryan Riley and he showed that he would be the one to beat once again as he effortlessly passed them both to record his second win and with it the cup.

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With the win in the bag Riley stayed ashore for the last race, which again was between David Gooch and John Lockwod, either of whom could have taken second overall. Gooch won a close race to take second overall.

The other classes had a three-race end-of-season series.

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The Fast Handicap had just six starters and was dominated by Duncan Madin, sailing his RS100, who won all three races.

Nick Favell in his Phantom finished in runners-up spot in each race, but on handicap this translated to a second, fourth and fifth which was not good enough to beat Veronica Falat's Streaker with two seconds and a third.

Three Toppers contested the Slow Handicap Class. The leading two were sailed by the Stoner brothers.

Alexander won the first, but William fought back and won the other two races to give him the series.

The Lasers also had three boats out and Alan Cone won the first two races from Jamie Freeman in the first and there were no starters in the third race.

George Gower won the first Waveney race with Geoff Little catching up fast and Simon Marfleet trying out a different sail third.

Geoff won both the second and third races to give him the series with Simon and George tying for second place with four points each, Simon taking it by having the better position in the last race.

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