Nic Asher back in action on Oulton Broad

Waveney and Oulton Broad YC paid tribute to one of its most respected commodores with the third running of the race in memory of Phil Plant, who died in 2010.

This race has attracted some of the club's best sailors with World 470 Champion Nic Asher winning the inaugural race in his Laser in 2011. The fleet of 33 boats, ranging in size from the River Cruiser Nyanza to Topper dinghies, was set an excellent course in the shifty north-easterly breeze and handicap results were calculated on average lap times.

Present Commodore David Gooch and his young nephew Joseph Powell made an excellent start and their Oulton Rater Crisis led at the first mark. On the next leg the Fireball of Veronica and Ben Falat drew level and had inside room at the gybe mark and from then on was the race leader. Ben Turner in his RS300 pulled into second place but Crisis managed to hold off the challenge of the leading Lasers, including Asher, until late in the race when Richard Smith squeezed past.

After 50 minutes boats were finished as they next crossed the start-finish line. Most managed three laps and the Fireball did four but when the handicap results were calculated the winner by the margin of one second per lap was Richard Smith with the Falats second and last year's winner Alan Cone third. Crisis came fourth, tied with Ben Turner, and Asher was sixth. The leading keelboat was Waveney Naiad sailed by Geoff Little and Sue Harper in 10th place and the leading Toppers was Simon Beckett (ninth) .


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