Shipley is just too hot to handle in Beccles Amateur Sailing Club’s annual open day

Beccles Amateur Sailing Club's annual open day last Sunday ran like clockwork with large numbers of interested visitors arriving throughout the day, many of whom took the opportunity of going out for a sail on the Waveney with BASC volunteers despite the chilly breeze. This year, as well as the fleet of club Toppers, Optimists, Fevas and Wayfarers used for training, a brand new GP14 funded by Sports England will used for adult tuition. Anyone interested in joining a vibrant sailing fleet can get more information at or may visit the club on Saturday afternoons.

Good numbers of helms were out enjoying the high water and the fickle Northerly gusting force five. Despite good progress by Mark Langston in his Streaker 'Small Beer' that forced Charlie Folkard, even after a good start, to accept a third place on corrected time, both were unable to prevent another win by the flying Jake Shipley in Laser during race one of the RNLI Pennant. Race two saw Folkard finish third again despite being ahead throughout, this time by a quicker Langston and the relentless pace of Glen Curtis in Norfolk 'Penelope Jane'.

Optimist helm George Curtis continued this week to worry the topper fleet with a Poyser Cup second place, only fifteen seconds behind his brother Rowan on corrected time. In race two his efforts were finally rewarded with a win twelve seconds ahead of Rowan and with Poppy Roll enjoying the conditions following close for third.