Conditions to suit Beccles

After two minutes of silent remembrance, Series E continued for sailors at Beccles ASC last Saturday in more relaxed conditions than of late.

Plenty of water and a force three off the Suffolk bank enticed 21 helms to a reaching start.

Ryan Langston in his laser PDQ made good progress in race one of the Icicle Shield with Richard and Caroline Baylis in Xenon Manah Manah in hot pursuit.

Team Baylis, with a blistering performance, romped to victory ahead of Norfolk Tankard and a full minute ahead of Langston. OOD Martin Brown set an interesting course for race two, with two gybe marks and a loop between one and two.

There were a few tense moments when Kelsey and Roll, with the inside line advantage, squeezed through as the entire fleet simultaneously rounded the bridge mark. This time Langston held on to the lead under pressure all the time by Richard Deller in Cuddles and Richard and John Salisbury in Agapanthas.

An error that saw Deller have to return to the second from last mark gave Salisbury a well-earned second. Competition was fierce in the Topper fleet as Elena Edwards and Rowan Curtis took a win each.