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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)