Ayres wins by six inches at Rollesby

Sunday was a good day for Rollesby. The start was postponed to let the wind fill in and then the sailing matched the day.

A first race easy win for John Saddington and Dennis Manning in the Albacore was followed by more wind coming up and the assymetrics coming out to play, Phil and Tamsin Highfield particularly relishing the multiple gybe downwind slalom course as their RS500 took the honours from Chris Sallis' D-1.

Results in the single-handers suggested that the Solos had it all their own way, but this was deceptive, as 13-year-old Zoe Eastwood changed her Oppie for her father's Finn, and in the first race kept well up, all six boats finishing within a minute of each other.

In the second race the three leading Solos always had the upper hand and, although Nick Eastwood won over the water, it was again the Solos which triumphed, Ian Ayres snatching a six inch victory from Kevin Postlethwaite after being overhauled on the final 30 yards.

The afternoon race saw Saddington and Manning build a lead just enough to thwart Ayres' Solo. These two boats finished well clear of the rest thanks to Keith Sykes who, revelling in his third position, lassoed the windward mark on the second round, thereby creating a rather larger obstruction for the rest to round!

Snowflakes saw a depleted turnout, lack of wind discouraging all but four Lasers who, against all the odds, actually managed three races drifting up Swan Reach to the dredger and back again. Curtis Drew, Natalie Shiff, and Kim West each scored a win. Snowflakes complete their winter programme on Sunday with a down river race.

Meanwhile, ten or so Norfolks emerged from their sheds at Frostbites, and a deputation from NBYC soon followed for the first leg of their interclub team match.

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Alas, the club race was abandoned without a boat going afloat at midday, and, with no perceptible wind in the offing, the decision was taken half an hour later to abandon the entire programme and take an early lunch, the visitors distinctly chuffed as they contemplated going into the second leg in the summer on level terms.

Needless to say, within five minutes of the abandonment, up came the wind!

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