Duffield finally gets his hands on Trophy

The annual Broads One Design regatta for the prestigious George Barker Trophy took place on Oulton Broad on Sunday.

The first two races were sailed in pleasant conditions with sunshine and a fluky westerly breeze, but by the third race the wind had dropped away to almost nothing. With all three races to count it turned out to be the deciding race for the 11 entries.

First away in race one was Mark Duffield and he pulled out a useful lead, but he was steadily caught by Jimmy Tubby and Robert Catchpole who got past on the last round.

The second race saw three different boats at the front as Sam Cole took a good lead followed by Richard Dell and Tony Truman.

At the start of race three these six boats were all in with a good chance, particularly since they were all counting poor results to go with the good ones. The wind was at its lightest at the start and there was a big difference of opinion on the best way to go, most going to the north shore while others took a flyer and went south.

There was a big scrum rounding the windward mark and from it emerged Mark Duffield and this time he comfortably held his lead to win on a very shortened course from Richard Dell and Robert Catchpole.

Overall Mark was the delighted winner of the Trophy, having come second numerous times when crewing Owen Delany in Squibs, with Jimmy Tubby second, who spoilt his record of having won for the last three years, and Sam Cole third.

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But Jimmy did win the Sanderling Trophy on Saturday when the wind was a bit stronger.

At Gorleston the fine weather saw a good turnout for the second Sunday of the Autumn series. The light and shifty offshore winds provided a good test of skills, with Martin Browne and Di Holmes sailing a RS400 dominating the days racing recording two race wins.