High standards set by Gorleston fleet

Members of Great Yarmouth and GorlestonSC were greeted by another glorious sailing day on Sunday. The mild weather made sailing far more enjoyable than expected, resulting in higher turnouts than normal for this time of year.

Members of Great Yarmouth and GorlestonSC were greeted by another glorious sailing day on Sunday.

The mild weather made sailing far more enjoyable than expected, resulting in higher turnouts than normal for this time of year. The southerly breeze built slightly during the day, making for some exciting racing.

The first race of the day saw the RS800 twin trapeze dinghies way out in front of the fleet.Chris Sallis and Matt Frary managed to take the lead briefly before being overhauled again by Veronica and Ben Falat who took line honours, followed closely by Sallis and Frary in second place and Phil Highfield and Tasmin Butcher in third.

The second race saw a similarly competitive contest between the RS800 dinghies but on this occasion Sallis and Frary took the lead early and then capitalised on their position to cross the finish line first. Veronica and Ben Falat finished in second place with Highfield and Butcher taking third. It is quite remarkable that the first three places in both the first two races were taken by RS800s. The standard of sailing in the RS800 fleet for this season is at an extremely high level.


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The Watling plate series race in the afternoon saw great competitive sailing between the two Fireballs of David Houghton with John Symonds and Tim Riley with Chris Tucker. David and John finished in first place.

Saturday and Sunday were two delightful days on Oulton Broad although Sunday was spoilt by another lack of wind which caused races to be shortened.

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Duncan Madin was unbeatable in both Fast Handicap races on Saturday and he has got his RS300 going very fast while Neil Bowles also won both his races, beating the Balls family in both. Lenny took the helm in the first race and Trevor in the second.

Twelve dinghies started in the Sunday Fast Handicap race. Richard Smith held a modest lead which was not enough to beat Lloyd Crisp, sailing his Laser with an interesting new development of an extended mast and larger sail. Andy Jarvis crossed the line in sixth place which was good enough to give him third place on handicap.

David Hannant led the Squibs from start to finish but on several occasions found big holes in the wind which allowed Denise Sinclair, sailing her newly acquired boat, to close the gap while having a good race with Vince Meadows.

George Gower and Jack Pickering quickly pulled out a useful lead over the Waveneys but Neil Bowles, who had been well down in the fleet, picked his way round the wind shifts and passed Pickering to take second place.

Alan Cone beat Andy Bedwell in a depleted Laser fleet while Andy Jarvis again finished sixth in the second Fast Handicap but this time moved up to first on handicap to beat Lloyd Crisp and Eric Pearce. The Mixed Keels turned into a Waveney benefit as they took the first eight places as the Squibs struggled to make any impression.

Trevor Balls was the early leader but was being chased by Neil Bowles who eventually moved up to first.

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