Sailing: Nick Favell takes honours

Dealing with the weather, one thing that sailors need in abundance is patience. One week there is hardly enough wind and then, as last Sunday, there is too much.

This was one of the days when the forecasters got it right and a lot of helmsmen decided to stay in bed. A number did appear, but after discussion all except seven decided that staying ashore was the best option. Of these, six were dinghies, plus one Squib who was allowed to sail in the Fast Handicap race although his points did not count.

Richard Fryer sailed his RS400 with great skill to finish well out in front with Nick Favell, who seems to be getting his Phantom round quicker each week, coming in second, despite having a capsize on the way round.

The third dinghy to finish was Flip Foulds. who put in a brilliant performance in the conditions.

The Handicaps were worked out to include Jim Tubby's Squib who had been running down the Broad under spinnaker and going about as fast as a Squib could go and on corrected time a mere 14 seconds split the first three as Nick Favell beat Jim Tubby by just three seconds with Richard Fryer dropping to third, 13 seconds adrift.

White horses had been galloping down the Broad as the wind gusted to Force 7 and the second series was abandoned.