Regatta is blessed by sunshine

Twenty boats sailed at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club's Regatta on Sunday on a day with no rain and even the occasional glimpse of the sun. A no discard series of three races was held in the morning, followed by a 100-minute pursuit race in the afternoon.

Twenty boats sailed at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club's Regatta on Sunday on a day with no rain and even the occasional glimpse of the sun.

A no discard series of three races was held in the morning, followed by a 100-minute pursuit race in the afternoon. The morning's races took place in a shifty light to moderate easterly breeze and all were characterised by congested mark roundings and close boat for boat racing.

Race one was held over a windward/leeward course and the Laser of regular visitor Simon Beckett made the best of the conditions to win from the RS400 of Richard Brown/ Jenny Butler who were followed by the Fireball of Veronica Falat/Ben Falat.

Race two, which utilised a triangular course, was won by the Falats ahead of the Lasers of Matthew Frary and Beckett. Race three, run over a trapezoid course, was again won by the Falats, who beat the Fireball of David Houghton/John Symonds, who in turn were ahead of the Laser of Frary.

The final tally of points for the morning's races gave the winners' bottle of wine to the Falats with bottles for second and third going to Beckett and Frary respectively. After lunch and a short wait for the sea breeze to fill in from the south the club ran its pursuit race, with boats being started from the beach according to their handicap, with the slowest boat, a Flash, starting 100 minutes before the finish and the fastest boats, the Formula 18 cats, starting a mere 61 minutes before the finish.

Once at sea, the boats sailed around a large square course until the finish when in theory all the fleet should finish simultaneously. As the breeze steadily built there were several capsizes and retirements, with the new single-handed FX1 trapeze/spinnaker cat of Tom Quayle providing some entertaining moments for the committee boat. The race team monitored the position of all the boats in the fleet on the race course for the duration of the race, motoring alongside the eventual leader the Fireball of the Falats and finishing them when the 100 minutes had elapsed. The final positions of the rest of the fleet were noted and second place was awarded to the RS400 of Brown/Butler with the borrowed RS300 of Martin Brown taking the third slot.

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The sun came out for the racing on Oulton Broad on Sunday but as seems to be usual this summer, the wind was light and fluky, making for some interesting racing.

The Fast Handicap followed the usual pattern, with Richard Smith out in front in his RS400, followed by Eric Pearce in Catastrophe. But the winner on handicap came from further down the fleet, Andy Jarvis, sailing his National 12, moving up from fourth to win while Eric stayed second and John Buckenham moved up from fifth to third.

The Squibs had a close race in the early stages, with David Hannant leading Denise Sinclair and Robert Russell. Places changed and on the last round Denise and David arrived at the windward mark, together with David on starboard, and in trying to squeeze round Denise hit the mark and just managed to hold Robert off after doing a penalty turn.

Three Waveneys, led by Jack Pickering, got away in their Class race but first Neil Bowles got past and then Geoff Little followed to leave Jack third.

Simon Marfleet led the Laser class throughout while John Buckenham and James Large contested second place. John rounded the last mark with a small lead but James closed the gap on the beat to the line and took second by the narrowest of margins.

The Mixed Keels was the biggest race with 16 starters as the Waveneys were joined by the Squibs. Near the end of the last beat at least three different boats held the lead but in the end they were all back in the places they had held for most of the race with Neil Bowles out in front followed by Gordon Stables.