The arrival en masse of our friends from Gorleston and the last Eel’s Foot race of the year indicate the start real start of winter sailing at Rollesby Broad; only the unseasonably warm weather indicated anything else!
A rare outing in their Tasar saw the Sallis’ rightly lead pretty much from start to finish, with Mike McNamara’s Harrier in closest pursuit. With 20 boats on the start line, it was a good job the southerly wind spread the pack on the 1km beat to the cut. Ian Ayres in his Solo led the main pack with Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer) recovering from a mid-fleet start and slowly working their way through to the front group. Good spinnaker conditions meant the Wayfarer slowly pulled clear enough of the single-handers to take the win from Ayres with Roger Wilson (Solo) leading home the next group to take third.
A short split fleet second race saw Houghton again win in his Wayfarer from the Sallis. The single handers had a very close finish with boats from 4th to 11th finishing nose to tail but Ayres and McNamara had started sufficiently well to once again escape the melee behind.
The perfect conditions saw nine boats race in the afternoon and though the dying breeze meant a shorten course, with McNamara this time taking the win from Houghton.
Last night saw a great turnout of 12 boats (4 solos, 2 lasers, 2 mirrors, Streaker, Wayfarer, D-zero, Rs300) who enjoyed a great sail with a good northerly breeze. The ever-popular Wednesday night figure of eight course allowed some good racing with a good bit of overtaking and some close battles. At the end is was Tamsin (Streaker) taking the win from the 2 lasers or Richard and Daniel. One of the best evening sails of the year.
Why not come and join us for the last 4 of the year?
Tamsin will be running a sailing afternoon this Saturday July 14th aimed at our new sailors young and old.
There will be some informal racing with the first start expected around 13:00. So if you’re coming along then I’d get their around 12:00 to get rigged and ready.
For those of you who don’t fancy racing please come along and just have a sail with some help at hand if you need it.
We’ll follow the sailing with a club BBQ around 15:30. If you want to pop down for a pleasant late afternoon BBQ then please bring your own food and drink and we’ll provide the coals.
Sunday Afternoons 1st and 29th July starting approx 1.30pm
Slots are still available for both sessions on 29th July though we do still need another instructor if we are to run two separate sessions, If you can help or wish to attend on the 29th please let me know by the weekend before.
We have had several requests to offer rescue boat training however due to other commitments it has not been possible for us to arrange any Saturday training this year so we are offering the above instead.
The above sessions will not be a full training but will offer two options over each afternoon and should last about 2 hours maximum.
We will start with a quick ‘tour’ of our main rescue boat for everyone; to familiarise people with what is onboard.
Option 1 – Refreshers for existing / up grading rescue officers to concentrate primarily on boat /person recovery using the main rescue boat.
Option 2 – For those starting out – boat handling exercises – coming alongside / to a standstill and leading to person recovery if time allows using one (or possibly even both of our smaller boats).
Chris Toothill has agreed to run the Option 1 sessions on both afternoons and Ian Ayres is available to run the Option 2 on the 1st July. We do need a volunteer to do this on the 29th, and some ‘bodies’ willing to get wet on both afternoons.
Provided there is sufficient uptake we are proposing that we run these sessions instead of afternoon racing on these dates.
If you would like to take part (first come first served) or are willing to volunteer to help, please contact me on my email@example.com email or give me a ring 01692 670457 letting me know what you are interested in doing.
In the event neither the forecast force 6 nor heavy rain arrived at Rollesby on Sunday 13th May for their Mutlisail regatta; however it had put off a few longer distance travellers who missed out on a very pleasant days sailing.
In race one John Saddington & Dennis Manning led the fleet round in their Albacore, but they could not escape the clutches of the main fleet and the race was won by Bob Sparrow and Simon in their Wayfarer, with Chris and Jane Wharmby from Milton Keynes leading the mid-fleet Leader group home. Race two was dominated by the Leaders; local pairing Ian & Sharon Ayres chasing the Albacore closely for most of the race before some late penalty turns let Ben & Ben Rickard from Hickling through for the win with the Wharmby’s third.
So the whole event was wide open and down to one of Rollesby’s infamous Eels Foot passage races. With a long run down Rollesby Broad, the Ayres were able to fly their spinnaker all the way, even through the cut; leaving everyone including the Albacore playing catch up. The two Bens were the closest pursuers but lost out as the wind went fickle in Eel’s Foot Broad. A long beat home in a rising breeze gave the Ayres the win over the Albacore with the Bens recovering well to take a well deserved third. The Ayres win gave them the event overall with the two Bens representing the visitors in second and John and Dennis third.
The Bitterns sailed shorter courses, despite the best efforts of Bruce Thompson especially in race one, John Atkinson and Leona Levine took a clean sweep of wins and the bittern trophy once again.
Ian & Sharon Ayres (Leader)
Ben & Ben Rickard (Leader) – Hickling Broad
John Saddington & Dennis Manning (Albacore)
Chris & Jane Wharmby (Leader) – Milton Keynes
Bob Sparrow & Simon (Wayfarer)
Julius & Clare Mach (Leader) – Netley
Chris Mann & Jo Sapsford (Enterprise)
Mike Broadbent & Hugh Rout (Xenon)
Sarah & Chris Toothill (Stratos)
John Atkinson & Leona Levine (Norfolk Punt Club)
Bruce Thompson (NPC)
Colin Burrow & Frankie Lorimer (Bittern Owners Assoc)
As a round off to our Try Sailing sessions the club will be lighting a barbecue at around 3:30 or 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon.
Please bring your own food to cook on the barbecue together with your favourite tipple and share what looks to be a lovely sunny afternoon with the new members who have joined the club over recent weeks. If you fancy a sail beforehand we will have rescue cover all day
For our new members this is will be a time to reflect on the last few weeks and have an informal chat with knowledgable sailors as to what your next steps might be,
Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club would like to invite friends to a number of events the first on Monday 28th May.
Monday 28th May – Bank holiday open Day. – Start time 10:30
Come with or without you boat, and experience the joys of clean wind and open spaces, GYGSC – members will be available to offer an introduction to the Sea sailing experience.
Sunday 10th June Britannia Pier Race. – Start Time 10:30
“It’s back”, race out to Britannia Pier and back.
If guests would like to leave their boats on site until the regatta this should not be a problem.
Thursday 21st June – Thursday Evening Regatta – Start time 7pm
This is likely to be 2 races over a shorter inshore course than Sundays and with usually lighter evening winds a great opportunity to race on the sea. The evening sailing tends to attract more Single Handers especially Lasers than the larger weekend courses.
Saturday 23rd June Beach Regatta . – Start time 13:00 Briefing 12:00
Sunday 24th June Beach Regatta – Start Time 10:30
This is our main open event of the year with 3 races back to back races each day.
Sunday 29th July – Lowestoft passage Race. – Start time 10:30
The planned race is to Lowestoft and back depending on favourable conditions
A bright sunny day, with considerably more breeze than first looked likely greeted 21 competitors at Rollesby Broad for their annual Solo Open on 22nd April. A brief but significant wind shift between laying the course and the first start meant a general recall in race one, but by the end of this race the direction settled back and the wind rose.
Bob Suggitt comfortably won the first race having pushed the reeds hard on the left hand bank off the line and gained from a rare port shift up that side. The rest of the fleet were closely packed. Alan Bishop narrowly led them round, with Steve Ede and Jarvis Simpson in close pursuit. Local sailor Ian Ayres was rapidly recovering from a poor start and after a brif spell in third had to settle for 4th place.
In race 2 Ede was getting the measure of his new craft and led more or less form start to finish. Simpson managed to just sneak round the leeward mark before the pack to escape for a secure second, Mark Maskell was the big gainer rising to third in the following melee, which was only fair as he’d lost out at the same place in race one. Ede then provide confusion by not crossing the finishing line, he had sufficient lead to return and still win but most of the fleet added a fifth unnecessary lap to their race!
After lunch two shorter back to back races were held, Bishop took the first by a margin, from Ede and Maskell , with Terry Palmer having his best race in 4th and Steve Bishop enjoying the livelier conditions to just pip Ayres for 5th. The first two reversed places in race 4 to give Ede the meeting with Maksell again third to confirm the podium places.
The Solos were joined by a nine strong handicap fleet, including for the first time, four visiting Streakers, joining one home boat, who had their own very close racing. Veronica Falat won with a 1,2,1 was a solid winner, with Daniel Bull in his radial second after a tie break with Doug Horner from Swanage, hopefully this new fleet will return and possibly earn their own class start.