Perhaps encouraged by the relatively mild weather; and certainly
by the excellent catering; an impressive fleet of 30 dinghies, including 5
visitors, came to the line for the annual New Year’s Day open meeting at
Rollesby Broad SC.
With the wind direction not quite cooperating, a long opening
fetch was set with the start line at the far end of the broad. Daniel Bull put
his Laser somewhat riskily at the more sheltered windward end of the line, with
Paul Wren (Phantom) and Ian Ayres (Solo) starting mid line but above the main
pack of boats that ended up losing out by covering each other. Wren led round
the first lap from Bull and Ayres. Only Mike McNamara in his Harrier managed
catch them on the water to finish second with Ayres taking a big handicap win.
Veronica Falat (Steaker) led Ben Falat in his Phantom for much of the race to
take third at the front of a close knit pack.
The wind increased for a shorter race 2 giving the faster craft a
chance to stretch out in front.
Veronica sailed really well to hold on to the transoms of the
faster boats and take the narrowest of wins (3 seconds) from Ben with Wren 3rd,
McNamara 4th and Ayres 5th, just 27 seconds covering
these five on handicap…
The sun came out in the afternoon as the wind rose a little more. Daniel Harvey and Andy Smith nailed the start in Wayfarer 1804 to be third behind Richard Fryer (RS300) and McNamara round the first two marks. Ben Falat worked his way through well as the faster three craft took out a big lead on the water. McNamara won with Dave Houghton enjoying the heavier breeze to bring his Wayfarer home second ahead of the Falat family; Ben followed by Veronica in third and fourth.
At Rollesby 29 boats launched for the seasonal pursuit race. Eight Lasers formed the largest class taking part. Winds were light and a course was set going round the outside of the marks on the Broad. Steve Witby in his mini sail started first but on the second lap the chasing solos and streaker had caught up. The leaders started to open out the field by lap three and Michael McNamara in the harrier had worked his way through to the front. In the middle of the fleet some bunching of boats occurred and two groups of the lasers went round close together. When the race timed out McNamara remained in the lead to take the Bent Vase trophy. Roger Wilson and Kevin Postelthwaite followed in solos with Tamsin Highfield’s streaker forth. Dave Houghton and John Symonds in their Wayfarer were onto Highfield’s transom but did not have time to go past.
The second race was for the Watson Cup where two handed boats were to be sailed by the helm only. This only attracted three entries and Val Hanson lead the way round in a wayfarer. Ian Ayres in his Leader was close behind but a navigational error at the end allowed Hanson an easy win.
Fifteen single handers went out for the third race with McNamara’s Harrier leading all the way. A good performance by Keith Sykes in a laser saw him second on the water and on handicap well ahead of Wilson’s solo in third.
RESULTS Pursuit Race (29) 1. Harrier M. McNamara, 2 Solo 5259 R.Wilson 3. Solo 4896 K.Postlethwaite 4. Streaker T. Highfiled
Watson Cup (3) 1. Val Hanson
Single Handers (15) 1. Harrier M. McNamara, 2. Laser K. Sykes 3 Solo R.Wilson 4. Laser J. Letts
A sunny day saw 23 boats on the water for the winter series races. A light wind down the length of the Broad gave rise to mixed fortunes with large gaps between front and back of the fleets.
The eight boats in the multi sail fleet included a turn out of six Wayfarers. David Houghton and John Simmons in a Wayfarer used their spinnaker with usual aplomb to pull away and win both races.
The fifteen single sail boats consisted of eight Solos and a mix of other dinghies. Mike McNamara, in his Harrier, lead round the first race but did not get far enough ahead, giving a win to Kevin Postlethwaite in a solo, followed by the streaker of Phil Highfield and solo of Roger Wilson. In the second race McNamara built up a substantial lead to take an easy win in front of Highfield and Wilson.
Six boats stayed out for the afternoon combined alcommers race. McNamara in the harrier and John Saddington with Dennis Manning in a Wayfarer pulled clear of the rest. McNamara was first on the
water but not far enough ahead, giving Saddington the win by 5 seconds on handicap.
Multi Sail Races 1 and 2 – (8)
1, W10000 David Houghton & John Simmons
2. W11111 John Saddington & Dennis Manning
3. W 10213 Robert Sparrow & Tony Gibbs.
Single Sail Race 1 (15)
1. Solo 4896 Kevin Postlethwaite.
2 Streaker Phil Highfield.
3 Solo 5259 Roger Wilson
Single Sail Race 2 (15)
1. Harrier Mike McNamara.
3. Solo 5259
Combined PM Race
3. Solo 3941 Steve Leigh
Twenty boats came to the starting line on a bright December day at Rollesby. The fresh breeze coming over the trees along the Broad meant some difficult course setting and blustery conditions, giving plenty of thrills and spills.
The single sail fleet had sixteen boats turn out, the nine solos being the majority class. In the first race Mike MacNamara in his harrier crossed the finish line in front, neck and neck with Roger Wilson in his solo. The solo wonon handicap with Ian Ayre’s solo second and Dan Bull third in his laser radial. In the second race MacNamara had a better lead but could not make the podium on handicap with Roger Wilson againtaking first spot followed by Phil Highfield in a streaker and Matt Boreham in his solo.
The small multi sail fleet consisted of three wayfarers and aD1. A sudden drop in the wind made atricky start in race 1 but Dave Houghton and John Simmons got away in their Wayfarer and stayed well in front. In the second race John Saddington and Dennis Manning stayed on Houghton’s tail for three of the four laps but did not get past.
Multi Sail races 1 & 2 (4) 1. Wayfarer D Houghton & John Simmons, 2 Wayfarer J Saddington & Dennis Manning.
Single Sail (16) Race1 1 Solo 5259 R. Wilson, 2 Solo 5232 Ian Ayres, 3 laser Radial Dan Bull. 4 Solo 4896 K. Postlethwaite
Single Sail (16) Race 2 1 Solo 5259, 2 Steaker Phil Highfield, 3 Solo Matt Boreham. 4 Harrier M. MacNamara
A good south westerly breeze, which rise for race 2 causing several capsizes, greeted the fleet for Rollesby’s Winter Regatta on 2ndDecember.
The direction meant a long initial beat down the broad, which later in the day needed splitting in two, and a run / broad reach back which at times proved an exciting ride. Continuing their excellent form in what became a Wayfarer fleet race, David Houghton & John Symonds flew their spinnaker with great effect on the run of race one for a comfortable win from John Saddington & Dennis Manning. This however was their undoing in race two asa double capsize with kite up let the Saddington & Manning through and they took the meeting.
The single handers were much more mixed up! Mike McNamara unsurprisingly led the fleet round in race one in his Harrier, however hot on his transom throughout was Phil Highfield’s Streaker who won comfortably on handicap, Ian Ayres and Matt Boreham in Solos led home the rest of the tight pack some way back in 3rd and 4th.
The wind rose for the start of race two before briefly rising to some people’s survival limit on the second lap. McNamara led up the first beat from James Letts (Laser) and Highfield, whilst Daniel Bull had also joined the front pack in his Laser Radial. On the second run McNamara capsized (adopting anew coaching position – mid- broad on a centre-board?) and Bull took off to win by a good margin from Highfield with Carl Buck (Laser) also enjoying the down wind ride for third.
Only single handers took to the water after lunch and the fleet was tightly packed for a perfect false start 5 minutes early! Keith Sykes caused some mayhem at the restart, putting his Laser in a rapidly disappearing gap but thankfully all remained upright. Bull and Highfield enjoyed some excellent match racing, just in front of the Solos, doing the same thing.Highfield piped Bull on the line but not on handicap and the first five finished with tired limbs in regatta order, Bull, Highfield, Ayres, Boreham and Whitby……. with Sykes also finishing.
Those who looked out at the flat water before the start of raceone and opted not to rig probably thought themselves wise until they missed out on an exciting ride through a squally race two and a pleasant race three at Rollesby for the completion of the Autumn series.
Mike McNamara must have taken note of some of his own instructing (elsewhere in the Broads) as he produced two good starts in his Harrier to lead round the course in both the mornings’ single hander races. Given the very lightwinds for race one he was probably surprised to win on handicap; with John Saddington (Solo) and Tamsin Highfield (Streaker) leading home the main pack in second and third. Second place gave Saddington the series without having won a race.
The sky darkened and the breeze kicked in for race two and there
were several calls for water at the three downwind marks as the pack compressed
and stretched out behind McNamara whilst the gusts came and went. Steve Whitby
brought his MiniSail home in mid-fleet to take second on handicap and the
series; he didn’t win a race either!; with Phil Highfield third in the family
In the Multisails Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer) had
already won both series but were pushed harder than usual by Ian & Sharon
Ayres in their Leader. These two finished nearly half a lap clear in race one
after escaping the rest early on the downwind part of the course. As the wind
picked up for race two Richard Foster & Tony Ingram brought their Xenon to
the front and as these three boats arrived overlapped and planing with kites up
at the first gybe of race two there was a moment of ‘it’s not like Rollesby’
panic before a successful synchronised rounding! Houghton & Symonds
eventually stole just enough distance to win by a few seconds from the Ayres’.
McNamara continued his good form after lunch to win from Ayres
(now in Solo mode) and Saddington and take the afternoon series.
The fine weather and slightly lighter breeze than the previous week brought out a fantastic turnout at Rollebsy Broad on Sunday 18thwith 38 sailors taking to the water at some point during the morning.
In the multisails; Chris Sallis & Matthew Frary won both raceson the water in their Tasar; but they couldn’t pull out enough of a lead overthe pack of five Wayfarers, Dave Houghton & John Symonds wrapping up the Autumnseries with a week to go by winning both races on handicap. Bob Sparrow &Steve completed the podium places with a third and a second place.
The short first beat meant the eighteen boat single-hander fleet
remained more mixed up on handicap. Mike McNamara (Harrier) and David Frary
(Finn) managed to break clear of the pack in race 1. Steve Leigh in his OK led
the mid fleet pack before a navigation error brought him back into the clutches
of Tamsin Highfield’s Streaker and John Saddington & Ian Ayres Solos. After
pulling well clear on lap 2 a further course reading error by Ayres cost him
the race, giving Saddington third; Steve Whitby hung on to the back of the pack
in his MiniSail to take fourth.
It looked like the same service at the first mark in race two; but
some smart downwind sailing by Phil Highfield (Streaker) and Gareth Thomas
(Phantom) meant these two had the lead after a lap, with Ayres in closest
pursuit. McNamara did eventually get clear on the water but could only count 4th
on handicap with Highfield well clear of the rest and Whitby again in close
enough proximity, this time for second.
The weather was even nice enough to entice eight boats back out
Race 1 (7 entries) 1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer) 2. Chris Sallis & Matt Frary (Tasar) 3. Bob Sparrow & Steve (Wayfarer)
Race 2 (8) 1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer) 2. Bob Sparrow & Steve (Wayfarer) 3. Chris Sallis & Matt Frary (Tasar)
Race 1 (18 entries) 1. Mike McNamara (Harrier) 2. David Frary (Finn) 3. John Saddington (Solo) 4. Steve Whitby (MiniSail)
Race 2 (17) 1. Phil Highfield (Streaker) 2. Steve Whitby (MiniSail) 3. Ian Ayres (Solo) 4. Mike McNamara (Harrier)
Mixed PM Race 3 (8) 1. Ian Ayres (Solo) 2. Mike McNamara (Harrier) 3. John Saddington (Solo)
Who has the fastest survival mode, was the order of the day at Rollesby Broad this Sunday; following a delayed start to observe two minutes silence at 11 am.
The singlehanders made up the majority of the sailors on the water, with Chris Toothill rightly leading the fleet round the course in his Phantom in both races. However an ability to stay upright was more important than outright speed and Ian Ayres led (all be it by a long way) a trio of Solos to handicap victory with Phil Alison and John Saddington having survived the rather scary long run second and third.
A zig-zag downwind with several gybes proved a more stable course in race two, favouring the Lasers of Keith Sykes, who worked really hard in the later stages to catch Stuart Highfield, as they enjoyed some great planing reaches; neither however could quite get far enough ahead of Ayres as he won by a handful of seconds.
In race one for the multisails, Dave Houghton & John Symonds put their Wayfarer into hyper-drive by flying their spinnaker and left the opposition lagging far behind. The only other finishers were Daniel Harvey & Andy Smith with a somewhat more cautious but very seaman like performance. When Houghton & Symonds performed their ‘once a year’ capsize before the start of race two the rest of the fleet elected to stay ashore, only to watch them very nearly repeat the feat on lap two!
Multisails Race 1 (5 entries) 1 Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer) 2. Daniel Harvey & Andy Smith (Wayfarer)
Race 2 (2) 1 Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
Single Handers Race 1 (11 entries) 1. Ian Ayres (Solo) 2. Phil Alison (Solo) 3. John Saddington (Solo)
Race 2 (8) 1. Ian Ayres (Solo) 2. Keith Sykes (Laser) 3. Stuart Highfield (Laser)
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.
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)