Riley returns with a win at Oulton Broad

Ten seconds after the start of the second Squib race at Oulton Broad and the first three to finish a

Ten seconds after the start of the second Squib race at Oulton Broad and the first three to finish are already showing at the front. Bryan Riley, 73 won from Jim Tubby 830 and Sam Cole 846. - Credit: Archant

The winter series on Oulton Broad took a decided turn for the better last Sunday as all classes enjoyed two good races.

It was a very grey day and the wind was blowing from the south which makes setting a good start line difficult and it was a bit biased making a good start essential.

As usual RS400s led the Fast Handicap race with Richard Fryer finishing in front of Richard Barett but as usual the winner on handicap came from further down the fleet, this time it was Tim Riley making his first appearance of the winter in a Solo who moved up from sixth to win from Jamie Freeman in a Laser with David Frary pcking up a place in his Finn.

David Gooch made the best start in the Squib race as Bryan Riley came slightly unstuck trying a port tack start. Gooch pulled well away and never looked like being caught by Owen Delany who had moved up from fourth to second with Jim Tubby third.

Richard Fryer and Ben Falat were having a very close race at the front of the second Fast Handicap race with Ben just having the upper hand when he very uncharacteristically capsized twice and retired leaving Jamie Freeman to win from David Frary and Veronica Falat third in her Streaker with only 20 seconds separating them.

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Bryan Riley does not often finish as far down the fleet as fourth as he did in the first Squib race and he made sure it would not happen again by getting the best start and leading to the finish with Jim Tubby second and Sam Cole third after a close race with Owen Delany.

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