Jake does enough to secure series title
Another good turnout of crews took to the water at Beccles ASC for the penultimate races in Series C on Saturday.
In a fresh southerly breeze that provided a good beat upriver against a fast ebbing tide, Jake Shipley in Laser Mr Angry continued his good form with another convincing win in race one of the King George V Pennant.
With a second place, behind his brother Harry in race two, he did enough to take the silverware.
Rachael Folkard, Elena Edwards and Rowan Curtis, in Toppers, all remained in contention for the Mirror II Trophy.
Edwards, in Bubble, was on form with two wins, narrowly beating rival Folkard in Charlie 2, who had led from the start, in a nailbiting finish by just one second in race two.
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Sunday's upriver race to Geldeston had nine boats to the start line. As the early rain cleared and the sun shone, wind conditions varied from static through the trees to a force five blast in the clear areas.
In the first race upriver Kevin and Pippa Edwards in Sharkie made the best of a sheltered start to lead throughout, followed by Harry Shipley in Laser H.
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Matt Deller in Xenon Manah Manah managed to pass Harry to finish in an exciting beat up to the line just behind team Edwards.
After lunch OOD Glen Curtis decided a split departure was in order.
Return progress was quick for the Xenon and lasers with Matt Deller first over the line in a record passage time of 40:33. Rory Kelsey and Alison Sheriff in Norfolk Tankard were winners on corrected time with Rowan Curtis in his Topper Animal second after a speedy sail.
Next week Series C concludes and BASC hosts a Topper Traveller on Sunday.
• There was racing at Gorleston with a good turnout of catamarans and dinghies. The breeze was from the southwest and backed to the south, remaining very shifty.
After lunch, for Race Three, there were big waves as the wind increased with a wind-against-tide situation – only four boats started that race.