Visitors take honours at Hickling
After the multi-crewed craft of last weekend it was very much a single handers weekend with Hickling and Rollesby holding their annual Solo Meeting.
On Hickling, four races were sailed, two 'back to back' before lunch and a further two after lunch, enjoying a moderate north-easterly which, mainly constant, at times gusted sufficiently to produce the odd capsize.
It was a day for the visitors, with Ardleigh SC's Steve Ede, usually a top ten finisher in the nationals, romping to four clear wins and only rarely and briefly being headed throughout the event. Another visitor, Robert Laurie (Tollesbury SC), fought it out with host club's Roger Hawkins and Kevin Postlethwaite, and Rollesby's Roger Wilson, to emerge second, with Hawkins, Wilson and Postlethwaite following well ahead of the rest.
By contrast it was definitely host club's day at Rollesby on Sunday, with Ian Ayres and Roger Wilson neck and neck. A three minute win for Ayres in the first race was followed by a narrower success in the second, but only after terminating Postlethwaite's brief moment of glory in front, and then seeing off Wilson and Hawkins, these two reversing their first race order.
After lunch a further two races, also sailed back to back, ensued, and in the third John Saddington took an early lead which ultimately sufficed to put him third, while Wilson sailed a super final beat to pass Ayres and win by half a length. The final race saw the same outcome, but Ayres was declared victor on countback.
On Horsey the two low handicap Pegasus 800s, sailed by Nigel Wordingham and Clive Wright, crossed the line first in their first of four races, just 13 seconds apart, but on handicap Brian Gray's Sun 2000 won by 13 seconds, with Wright second and Wordingham third, these two reversing their positions in the second race. Sunday's slightly lighter winds saw Wordingham come out on top in both races to win the event, albeit on the tie break from Gray, with Wright third. Commodore Malcolm Flatman gained a third race third.
Lastly, congratulations to Steve Batson, best known as one of Strom's crew, who, having bought John Royce's BOD 69 Swallow, went out on Sunday with wife Josie for his first race, got a flying start and never looked back as he won the Club Challenge Trophy, with his erstwhile mentor and helmsman Matthew 'Iron Man' Thwaites second.
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