Plenty for spectators to enjoy

Sailing on Oulton Broad on Saturday was a first as competitors shared the water with the charity Dragonboat racing and both very successfully kept out of each other's way to keep the spectators entertained.

Sailing on Oulton Broad on Saturday was a first as competitors shared the water with the charity Dragonboat racing and both very successfully kept out of each other's way to keep the spectators entertained.

With only four Lasers out, the two Fast Handicap races both followed a similar pattern, with Alan Cone beating Jonathon Jones in the first and exchanging places in the second, with Veronica Falat third in both. Ben Falat had a chance to upset things in the second race but he blew his chance by missing out a mark while in the lead.

Neil and Dee Bowles pulled out a big lead in the Waveney class with George Gower in second and Lenny Balls third in a wind strong enough to require reefs.

Bowles was early at the start of the Mixed Keel boats and had to return, which left him in last place. David Leech, sailing the only BOD out, found the conditions idea and took an early lead which he never looked like losing in spite of the best efforts of Jake Balls and George Gower.

By Sunday the wind had swung to the east and dropped away although it did build a bit for the second races. Richard Smith was sailing the only RS400 in the Fast Handicap race and he finished far enough in front to save his time from the National 12 of Andy Jarvis. Just behind came Alan Cone leading the Lasers but on handicap he moved up to second.

John Hodges took the helm of Denise Sinclair's Squib and proved he had lost none of his skill by leading from start to finish.

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Neil Bowles had another convincing win in the Class race.

Ian Keely had a good lead over Alan Cone in the Lasers with Andy Catchpole third. Richard Smith again held the lead in the second Fast Handicap race but this time he was not far enough in front and Andy Jarvis took the race on handicap with Jon Thompson second in his Blaze.

The long beat and run helped the two Squibs in the Mixed Keels but they could do nothing to stop Neil Bowles having another big win.

Competitors are reminded that there is no sailing this Sunday to allow for Power Boat racing.

Competitors at Gorleston expected to be sailing in light winds with flat seas when they launched on Sunday, but the wind soon increased to a force 2/3 from the Northeast. Couple this with sunshine and a great day's racing was on the cards. All fleets had tight racing, but especially the Phantoms, some of whom were visitors practising for the single-handed Open to be held at Gorleston on May 27.