Kingfisher leads way in pursuit

The Yare Sailing Club's final weekend regatta of the season kicked off with a pursuit race.

This was a new venture but one that proved popular, with 16 yachts entered. Commodore David Walker was first to start in his 26pc handicap Lucky Breeze, with the fastest boat, Zingara, being the last to leave 27 minutes later.

Chris Sales' Kingfisher gained an early lead and held it to win by a comfortable margin but Joy and Anne had a hard fought battle for second place, while further back in the fleet Dryad and Melody conspired to prevent Zingara passing them just before the finish.

Sunday proved to be rather fresh and gusty and a number of yachts set out without enough reefs, which inevitably led to a number of early retirements.

The remaining boats had quite a close race, with less than three minutes covering second to sixth places and Kingfisher taking fourth place from Dryad by only half a second. However, none of them could catch Joy, who also triumphed in the afternoon race.

With two first places, Phil Davies also took the Nelson Trophy for the overall winner of the weekend.

• It was a very blustery day on the River Yare at Buckenham Sailing Club with only the keenest sailors venturing on to the water. In the first race, the Club House Trophy, the two Javelins, Big Zipper, sailed by Chris Skedge and Chris Clitheroe, and Windjam, with Peter Lumley and Kelvin Frosdick on board, were the only dinghies to finished. Big Zipper took first followed by Windjam. Joseph Burrell in his Topper did complete a shorter course.

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In the second race of the day, Skedge and Clitheroe in Big Zipper were first to cross the line but with four capsizes during the race, they were beaten into second position on corrected time by Jim Frost sailing Phantom Skylark.

Windjam did complete the race to take third position and also took the accolade for the most capsizes of the day.