North wind makes beats one-sided

David HannantThe prevailing wind on Oulton Broad used to be westerly, which gives the best sailing, but recently it seems to always have a bit of north in it which can make the beats a bit one-sided.David Hannant

The prevailing wind on Oulton Broad used to be westerly, which gives the best sailing, but recently it seems to always have a bit of north in it which can make the beats a bit one-sided. This is how it was on Sunday, the last day of the winter series.

The first Fast Handicap race followed the recent pattern with Duncan Madin in his RS300 holding the RS400s which are much faster given the right conditions and then at the end David Frary pops up from mid fleet to win on handicap in his Finn. And so it was again with Lloyd Crisp, the leading Laser, moving up to third place.

The Squibs had another good race and David Gooch and Gilly Foulds maintained their recent good form. Bryan and Jenny Riley for once made a bad start, leaving Jim Tubby and David Gale and Owen Delany to fight for first place. They swapped places several times but on the second round David Gooch took over the lead and steadily opened up a useful gap which he held to the end.

The second Fast Handicap race was much the same as the first with Duncan Madin hanging onto Richard Smith and winning on handicap as David Frary got left behind as the wind dropped and failed to make the first three, Richard Fryer taking third place.

The Laser fleet had shrunk in size from the previous week. Lloyd Crisp led the fleet, followed by Simon Marfleet and Andy Bedwell who had a close race for second.

Bryan Riley was on form in the second Squib race as he pulled out a good lead from David Gooch who took second from Owen Delany.

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Prizes for the Winter racing were presented by Commodore's wife Dee Plant.

Results

Oulton Broad. Sunday. Fast Handicap 1 (14) Finn Lizzie (David Frary); Get Over It (Duncan Madin); Belind (Lloyd Crisp). Squibs 1 (9) Ex Flame (David Gooch); Spirit of Perfection (Jim Tubby); Firebird (Owen Delany). Fast Handicap 2 (10) Get Over It; Buzz (Richard Smith); Custard (Richard Fryer). Laser (5) Belind; Willwaw (Simon Marfleet); Red *Andy Bedwell). Squibs 2 (8) Brimstone (Bryan Riley); Ex Flame; Firebird. Winners Overall Winter Series. Fast Handicap 1 Finn Lizzie (David Frary); Custard (Richard Fryer); The Other Woman (Alan Cone). Squibs 1 Brimstone (Bryan Riley); Spirit of Perfection (Jim Tubby); Ex Flame (David Gooch). Slow Handicap Adomf (Flip Foulds); Splash 742 (Jamie Freeman). Fast handicap 2 1 Finn Lizzie (David Frary); Custard (Richard Fryer); Cabinet Craft (Nick Favell). Lasers The Other Woman (Alan Cone); Williwaw (Simon Marfleet); Zigzzig (Jonathon Jones); Squibs 2 Spirit of Perfection (Jim Tubby); Brimstone (Bryan Riley); Ex Flame (David Gooch). Slow Handicap 2 Adomf (Flip Foulds); Splash 742 (Jamie Freeman).

Hickling Broad Spring Series, Allcomers and Juniors, March 29

Race 1 (15) 1 Simon Fielden (Kitchen), 2 Phil Atherton (Smoke on the Water), 3 Jack Sheldrake (Billy the Kid) Race 2 (14) 1 Simon Fielden, 2 Eileen Wallace (Exclaim), 3 Phil Atherton Race 3 (16) 1 Simon Fielden, 2 James Jarvey (Lone Ranger), 3 Eileen Wallace Race 4 (10) 1 James Jarvey, 2 Jack Sheldrake, 3 A Hoyson (Poppy) Race 5 (8) 1 Jim Rossel (Gromit), 2 James Jarvey, 3 Matt Boreham (Orville 3).

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