Wroxham Broad provides perfect conditions for River Cruisers
Twenty-eight River Cruisers enjoyed perfect sailing over the weekend on Wroxham Broad for the first of their Open meetings leading up to Wroxham Week.
The 13 starters in the faster fleet were dominated by teams led by Simon Lampert (Cuckoo) and Tom Gentle ( Meggie), who between them took three firsts and two seconds and a third to head the table, Lampert winning the Lady Caroline NBYC trophy by two points while Gentle's first, second, and third sufficed to give him the runner-up spot. Both fell from grace in the final race, Gentle finishing eighth, while Lampert suffered the double indignity of running aground and then being towed off by a cheery band usually seen crewing their rivals Storm. Richie Dugdale pulled up to finish second in both of Sunday's races to end up third, while the final race went to Antony Landamore, with Chris Bunn third.
The slower section of 15 was even closer. Will Bentall, like Lampert, settled matters in the first three races, finishing third, first and first, to take the Mancuna trophy, but he and his family had to work hard to keep EACC's Roger Wilson under control, Wilson's three seconds and a fourth producing the most consistent results. Another EACC visitor, Phil Davies, won the first race, and Richard Lord took the final race.
Horning's Open keelboats weekend drew 30 boats contesting six races. Competition was close, Dennis Mossman and Rob Jakob just pipping John Means and family in the YBODs with three wins as against two. Kim West went one better with four wins in the Rebel class as against Colin Facey's five seconds, and 13 year old Will Penny did well to collect four third places.
The Yeomans were even closer with Q Stewart's solitary win and three seconds just enough to counter Toby Fields' two wins. Robert Hancock took the Reedlings with five wins out of six in their 50th year. The evening Allcomers for the Swan Salver was a family affair won by Daniel Blackwell (Yeoman) from Adrian Hammond ( Rebel).
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Hot, sunny weather attracted plenty of dinghies and keelboats to Oulton Broad. The Fast Handicap races are always interesting as very different types of dinghies compete. While the RS300s of Duncan Madin, Richard Fryer and Ben Turner had the speed and manoeuvrability to deal with light, shifty winds, Eric Pearce's Oulton Rater Catastrophe also proved to be competitive.
Madin won both races on Saturday but Pearce gained a second in one then had a win and another second on Sunday.
It is also fascinating to see how different classes fare when the Waveneys, Squibs and Broads One Designs race together in the Mixed Keels. On Saturday David Leech's BOD Surf Scoter led from the start and took the win
However Waveney pride was restored on Sunday when Jake and Trevor Balls took line honours in Creeping Jenny.