Sailing roundup

The main event on Oulton Broad at the weekend was the Waveney Class Championships in ideal conditions.

The two races on Saturday were dominated by Simon Marfleet sailing Iris who got two firsts, both by good margins from Gary Fuller and Geoff Little in the first, with Geoff and Peter Matthews in the second.

The wind increased slightly on Sunday and so had the size of the fleet with 13 at the line. In the first race Gary Fuller pulled out a long lead. Behind him was a lot of place changing as Jake Balls pulled through to replace Philip Large, who had taken over the helm of Iris in second place, while Geoff Litttle also made up places to take third.

Jake Balls was the early leader of the third race but with the wind shifting it was easy to loose places and on the second round the pack was shuffled as Jake dropped to fifth while Simon Marfleet and Geoff Little held onto second and third.

On the last round Geoff closed the gap and moved into first with a few yards to go to beat Marfleet by half the length of the bowsprit while Jake had moved back to third.


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At the start of the fifth and final race either Marfleet or Little could win overall and although Little took the first bell Marfleet was second which was good enough to give him an overall win by one point with six points to Little's seven.

Gary Fuller, who was near the front in all but one of the races took third place with 11 points.

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Sailing novices were out in good numbers at Beccles ASC on Saturday morning as sailing school continued in the ideal and very light breeze. Mayor of Beccles, councillor Caroline Topping was a guest during the morning and impressed by the enthusiasm of both younger members and adult instructors.

Councillor Topping also promised to revisit the club during this year's regatta, which begins on August 4.

Reaching conditions prevailed during the afternoon as series B continued. The Topper helms dominated in the Novice race with James How in 'Blue' first five minutes ahead of Jess and Ronan Hirst.

Glen and Lucie Curtis in 'Penelope Jane' made swift progress off the Clubhouse pursuit race start and within one lap were ahead remaining unthreatened throughout. Kevin and Pippa Edwards upped the pressure in the Coronation Cup but a two minute lead over Curtis could not prevent another win on handicap. The Kerrich Cup saw Edwards victorious.

Away from the Waveney Basc Streaker helm Mark Langston competed in the Streaker national held at Northampton Sailing Club.

The stronger winds suited him and 10th out of a fleet of 47 gave him 20th overall and Silver fleet honours.

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