Curtis at the double in Bittern Cup

Blustery northerlies made for difficult sailing conditions at times at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club for last weekend's series B racing and the club's Enterprise Open event the next day.

Blustery northerlies made for difficult sailing conditions at times at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club for last weekend's series B racing and the club's Enterprise Open event the next day.

Junior sailing school on Saturday morning was cancelled as gusts reaching force 6 prevailed, so consequently fleet numbers were down through the afternoon but those who did venture out supplied spectators with a few thrills and spills.

Rowan Curtis ripped round the marks in his Optimist to secure both races in the Bittern Cup.

With half the fleet made up of Toppers in the Pursuit race, Charlie Folkard managed to keep out in front for 20 minutes with another good performance, but eventually Jake Shipley's Laser and Rory Kelsey's reefed Norfolk passed and that is how they finished.


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The hard beat down river again denied Kelsey's Norfolk top spot, this time in the Handicap Coronation Cup race, as Shipley's Laser and the Commodore's Enterprise forged out a good lead, Shipley securing his second win of the day over the three rounds.

With Folkard capsizing and Harry Shipley's intervention with the bank just after the start of the Topper race one, Ollie Baylis kept his Bermuda shirt dry to the finish line to complete his first win this series.

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Baylis had to settle for third in race two as Folkard powered away from the start, putting him just one point behind Jake Smalls in the Topper campaign overall.

As the afternoon went on, the wind steadied but not enough for team Curtis/Rusted in the Kerrich Cup. Their death-roll on the dead run upstream in Polyarchy concluded in a high speed capsize in front the clubhouse.

Sunday saw BASC host the third leg of the Woodcock Salver for Enterprises and despite no visitors this year, 10 club boats got out on the water which turned out to be a cracking day's sailing, the moderate northerly less gusty than Saturday.

Kevin and Jo Edwards decided to haul Minnie out of the garage for a dust down and easily wrapped up the two pre-lunch races. winning with two commanding leads from the start.

The afternoon race saw a more determined performance from Richard Deller and Saskia Baylis who carved their way through a busy start into front position where they stayed, although team Edwards chased them all the way to the line, finishing just a second behind.

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