New Year double for Gooch at Oulton

The weather last Sunday at Oulton Broad was excellent for sailing with a steady south westerly force three and although the sun was conspicuous by its absence it was not cold. Once again the biggest fleet was the Squibs with 12 boats on the water.

The three leading boats steadily pulled away from the rest of the fleet with David Gooch and Gilly Foulds in dominating form as they took an early lead and steadily pulled away from Bryan and Jenny Riley. Third was Owen Delany and these three never looked like being caught.

The second race was almost a repeat of the first, the only differences being that Gooch pulled out an even bigger lead and at one stage was almost a minute and a half in front although he did lose a bit of ground to Bryan Riley who narrowed the gap once he had got past Delany.

But nothing could stop Gooch recording a creditable double on the day.

The Fast Handicap fleet was down in numbers with only nine boats out and the conditions were made for Duncan Madin to turn in a superb performance in his RS100 leading the race from start to finish and then hanging on to his win on handicap with a 13-second margin over Ben Falat's Phantom who had been third on the water.

Leading the Lasers was Flip Foulds and she moved up from fourth on the water to third.

In the second race Richard Fryer took his usual place at the front of the fleet while Duncan Madin could only get into second. On handicap Madin stayed second while Fryer dropped to third as Ben Falat went one better than in the first race and moved up to first.

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The Lasers again had a disappointing turnout with only three out. Flip Foulds and Veronica Falat had a good race at the front and exchanged places several times with Flip taking the win.