Twenty-six boats truned out for our first event of 2021! on a bright sunny morning with a reasonable if somewhat patchy south-westerly breeze. Three diagonal beats were set across the Broad with long downwind return allowing those with spinnakers to fly them.
With the wind shifting occasionally to south, before it rose and settled, Roger Wilson was able to get a port flyer in race one as a lull passed across the fleet in the last minute before the start leaving many drifting around at the wrong end of the line. Matt Boreham also stared well and these two led through the upwind legs on the first lap. Howard Astley-Jones hoisted his spinnaker at the far end of the Broad and was able to lead after the first lap, with Dave Houghton and John Symmonds using theirs to great effect too, recovering from an early navigational error!
On the downwind leg Phil Highfield and Richard Brown escaped from the pursuing pack to join the front bunch. The spinnaker flyers could not gain enough on the Solos who took the first two places on handicap.
In the middle of the fleet a large pack arrived at the last mark on a puff descending on an unfortunate Steve Leigh and Stuart Highfield who had led them into the wind hole at the mark. Eight boats crossed the line in a 5 second period! With Ellie Edwards gaining most having raced well with the faster craft and enabling her to take third on handicap.
Race two saw a slightly increased breeze in a more steady direction, indeed it rose on lap two enough to provide a couple of capsizes. Daniel Bull took advantage of his boatspeed to lead for much of the race, but had to settle for second a mere couple of seconds behind Dave and John who were enjoying the spinnaker run.
There was a very close second bunch with Jack Ibbotson, Roger, Matt, Phil, Daniel Harvey, Pete & Rachel Smith and Steve Whitby all largely abreast at one point on the first run. Phil did escape from the rest on the second lap, but couldn’t quite clear Roger and they tied on handicap for third place.
A great turnout for our fist sail of the year with prizes distributed throughout the fleet.
A bright sunny morning with a rising wind greeted 28 boats at
Rollesby Broad on Sunday 19th January.
Nine multisailed craft took to the water, though a couple were at least a little late for their start! Roger Wilson & Dennis Manning had the best start in their Wayfarer, though it took very little time for Mike McNamara & Any Smith to take the lead in their Albacore. McNamara could not get far enough ahead and with two doewnwind legs suitable for spinnakers Wilson took the win with Richard Foster & Tony Ingram sailing an excellent race to finish third in there Xenon. McNamara made no mistakes in race 2, but was very closely challenged by Howard Astley-Jones who missed victory by just four seconds in his Vareo.
With nineteen starters (including 8 Lasers and 8 Solos) the single-handers were a little more crowded at their start. A short first beat meant some very wide routes and large gains and losses at the first two gybe marks as the fleet rounded both several deep. A rare appearance of Darren Pikes Phantom saw him establish a good lead, but once the pack has settled down it was Kevin Postlethwaite in his Solo and Andy Bassetts Laser who appeared to have cleared trouble most profitably. Postlethwaite held close enough order to the encroaching Laser pack to win, whilst Terry Palmer led Matt Boreham home to complete a Solo podium.
In race two Pike couldn’t quite escape; Chris Foster (Laser), Ian
Ayres (Solo) and Phil Highfield (Streaker) all in line with Phantom on the
first run. However the leaders met a lull as they reached the gybe mark and the
pack arrived on mass on a gust turning the fleet almost inside out. On the
longer leg down the broad Pike just got in front, but never by far. Highfield
and Foster were able to stay near the front whilst Ayres got swamped and
dropped to 18th! Highfield hit his stride up wind to gain
sufficiently for the win with a charging Bob Hawkins enjoying the rising breeze
to bring his Solo home second with Foster third.
Race 1 (9 entries) 1. Roger Wilson & Dennis Manning (Wayfarer) 2. Mike McNamara & Andy Smith (Albacore) 3. Richard Foster & Tony Ingram (Xenon)
Race 2 (9) 1. Mike McNamara & Andy Smith (Albacore) 2. Howard Astley-Jones (Vareo) 3. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
Race 1 (19 entries) 1. Kevin Postlethwaite (Solo) 2. Terry Palmer (Solo) 3. Matt Boreham (Solo) 4. Andy Bassett (Laser)
Race 2 (18) 1. Phil Highfield (Streaker) 2. Bob Hawkins (Solo) 3. Chris Foster (Laser) 4. Terry Palmer (Solo)