Good conditions bring big turnout at Rollesby Broad

Singlehanders on the first beat at Rollesby Broad Picture: Kevin Davidson

Singlehanders on the first beat at Rollesby Broad Picture: Kevin Davidson - Credit: Archant

The fine weather and slighty lighter breeze than the previous week brought out a fantastic turnout at Rollebsy Broad on Sunday, with 38 sailors taking to the water at some point during the morning.

Action from Rollesby - multisails at the first mark Picture: Kevin Davidson

Action from Rollesby - multisails at the first mark Picture: Kevin Davidson - Credit: Archant

In the multi-sails, Chris Sallis and Matthew Frary won both races on the water in their Tasar, but they couldn't pull out enough of a lead over the pack of five Wayfarers, Dave Houghton and John Symonds wrapping up the Autumn series with a week to go by winning both races on handicap.

The short first beat meant the 18-boat single-hander fleet remained more mixed up on handicap.

Mike McNamara (Harrier) and David Frary (Finn) managed to break clear of the pack in race one. Steve Leigh in his OK led the mid-fleet pack before a navigation error brought him back into the clutches of Tamsin Highfield's Streaker and John Saddington's and Ian Ayres' Solos.

After pulling well clear on lap two a further course reading error by Ayres cost him the race, giving Saddington third. Steve Whitby hung on to the back of the pack in his MiniSail to take fourth.


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It looked like the same at the first mark in race two, but some smart downwind sailing by Phil Highfield (Streaker) and Gareth Thomas (Phantom) meant these two had the lead after a lap, with Ayres in closest pursuit.

McNamara did eventually get clear on the water but could only count fourth on handicap with Highfield well clear of the rest and Whitby again in close enough proximity, this time for second.

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The weather was even nice enough to entice eight boats back out after lunch.

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