Tactics key to success in Buckenham Sailing Club’s Rockland Race

Buckenham Sailing Club held their first passage race of the season on Sunday – the Rockland Race.

It was a beautiful warm day but with very light winds making it a tactical race. Competitors had the choice of which dyke to enter the Broad and only those who entered by the shorter downriver dyke that managed to complete the course.

Having crossed the Broad the falling tide helped them to drift back to the main river to complete the race down the River Yare back to the club. Sailors who took the opposite route did not manage to get to the Broad before the tide turned against them and all retired.

First home was Javelin Big Zipper, sailed by Chris Skedge and Chris Clitheroe, second back was Club Commodore Jim Frost in Phantom Skylark, followed by Andrew Pettitt in Laser Pippin. On corrected time Skylark took first place with Pippin finishing just three seconds ahead of Big Zipper.