Weather is mixed for Broad races
It was a weekend of very mixed weather on Oulton Broad with a good breeze that gusted up to force five from the south west on Saturday. In the first series there was a squall in the middle which capsized Eric Pearce, forcing him to retire. The Mixed Keels started in a squall, but finished in perfect conditions. Simon Marfleet got the better of Geoff Little in both the Waveney race and the Mixed Keels. Ben Falat was the most successful dinghy with a first in the first Fast Handicap race and a third in the second while Vince Meadows clocked up his first victory in his new Squib.
On Sunday the wind had dropped and at times almost disappeared.
Alan Cone won both his races, the first Fast Handicap and the Laser Class, while Vince Meadows repeated his win in the Squib class. Robert Catchpole won the BODs from Richard Dell while Geoff Little was back on form winning the Waveneys. He looked as though he was going to repeat the win in the Mixed Keels as he pulled out a big lead very quickly on the first round, but Sam Cole steadily caught him up and when the split tacks on the second round Sam went the right way and picked up a lift which got him to the windward mark with a useful lead which he steadily increased. But then on the last round he nearly threw it away as he lost the wind while Geoff picked some up and at the end there was only a few boats lengths in it.
Nic Asher is currently trying to get his Olympic hopes back on track in the 470 European Championships in Helsinki and after five races the UK boats are third and fourth.