Browne and Holmes star at Gorleston

The racing at Gorleston was part of the monthly Sprint series held throughout the season and raced over windward leeward courses.

Like the recent Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy at Ullswater, the RS400s were dominant, taking all the top places.

Martin Browne and Di Holmes led for most of race one, although Tom Carr and Sarah O'Flynn, sailing a 505, did move ahead during lap three, only to lose it on the final lap. Browne and Holmes took the race win with Richard Brown and Pete Vickers second.

After a poor first lap, Steve Shaw and Ed Anderson, in their Hobie Tiger, found some form to lead the fleet in race two. At the finish they were several minutes ahead of the dinghies but on corrected time could only manage sixth.

Richard Fryer and Carol Smalls led the dinghies, and after the first lap they had build up a one-minute lead over the rest of the fleet. On the final lap, Browne and Holmes put in a late charge to finish just four seconds behind.

In the final race of the day, Shaw and Anderson lapped nearly half the fleet, but on corrected time were just out of the podium places, finishing fourth. Browne and Holmes led the rest of the fleet and finished with a comfortable lead over Fryer and Smalls.

On Saturday, WOBYC held their annual open day and visitors enjoyed a sail on the Broad – it is hoped several of them will become members and take up the sport.

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Club racing went ahead as usual and in the fast handicap races Duncan Madin took first in both with Richard Fryer second, both sailing RS300.

Geoff Little was in unbeatable form in the Waveneys and Mixed Keel boat races, winning both race and Saturday and following with a repeat performance on Sunday, when in the mixed race he finished a tremendous distance in front of Jake Balls.

Alan Cone was the most successful dinghy on Sunday winning both the fast handicap and Laser races with Alan Gisborne second in both.

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