Pippinjack does enough to take the honours at a sunny Cantley Regatta
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The Yare Sailing Club hosted another successful regatta at Cantley with some excellent sailing on the open reaches in sunny and breezy conditions.
The flood tide on Saturday afternoon took competitors up through Langley Wood, around a loop upriver and then on a run back through the trees and returning downriver to Cantley to finish.
John Smith on Pandora III, with too much wind to fly his topsail, was outclassed by the three Farrington 25s, led by Paul Stevens on Pippinjack, who pulled out an unassailable lead to win from Steve Burton's Sally and the Branscombes on Anna.
Happily there was more breeze than forecast on Sunday morning and the fleet were able to hold their own against a strong ebb tide. The course was set within Cantley Reach to avoid both the trees at Langley and the wind shadow from the factory.
The constantly shifting wind direction and strength kept everyone on their toes. Pippinjack made the best of it, winning from Vixen (Denis Kilner) and Adrian Lincoln on Pixie.
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Pixie and Sally battled it out all the way around the course, finishing just 19 seconds apart on corrected time and, lower down the fleet, Pandora III and Andy Garnham's Puck also had a closely-contested tussle, crossing the line almost together.
With the wind forecast to drop out in the afternoon, Pandora III was able to carry her topsail on a longer course downriver and back. Both her and Sally revelled in the conditions and finished second and first respectively, with Pippinjack third.
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However, with his two first places, the overall trophy was in the bag for Paul Stevens, with Sally second and Vixen third.
Thirty one boats took part in the Summer Regatta at Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club. In the Fast Handicap, Duncan Madin in his K1 was first overall with three race wins. In the Slow Handicap, George Madin (RS Tera) made a good start to the regatta on Saturday but it was Thomas Betts (Topper) who won all three races on Sunday and so finished ahead. There was a tie in the Squib series but on countback Moonraker, sailed by John Lockwood and David Gooch, was the winner, with Slinky, helmed on Saturday by Andy Bedwell and on Sunday by Denise Sinclair, second.