Juniors show how it’s done on Waveney

The sun shone and the wind blew on the River Waveney, providing glorious conditions for the annual Beccles Amateur Sailing Club Junior Open.

A force three from the Norfolk bank in the morning gave 23 brave juniors a challenging beat up to the windward mark and a fast return past the clubhouse up to the bridge.

Charlie Folkard and Harry Shipley, in an RS Feva. took the first win in the gold group, blasting around the course behind the enterprises of Matt Deller and Jake Shipley to take honours on corrected time. Meanwhile, the Topper fleet was dominated by Rowan Curtis, with two wins before lunch.

There was a good turnout of young helms for the Scrumpy Tankard – so many it was necessary to run four races over eight legs to accommodate them.

OOD Glen Curtis and Rory Kelsey opted for a shorter course for the bronze group, a figure of eight between two and three, with the times combined from the two legs it was George Curtis ahead as refreshments were served.

With the wind strength waning Shipley and Baylis battled through to take the Mascall Tankard over the rival Enterprise of Deller and Baylis by one point. Rowan Curtis was never threatened and therefore deserved the Asti Tankard with four wins out of four while younger brother George, in his Optimist Bittern, earned top spot and the Scrumpy Tankard.

Up next at BASC the four day regatta beginning on Sunday with the monosail Open.

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