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by David Hannant
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A hot sunny day at Gorleston attracted 15 boats on to the water for the second days racing for the Sprint Series sailed over windward leeward courses. The wind direction and strength tested sailors and the race committee to the full throughout the day.
Martin Browne and Di Holmes in their RS400 sailed consistently well to complete a hat-trick of wins. Others were less consistent. Tim Wilkins and guest crew Dick Roe in a RS500 started the day in good form, pushing the leading RS400’s hard to finish second in the first race.
Laurence Milton in his Phantom kept close enough to the leading pack to claim second on corrected time in the second race.
Richard Fryer and Carol Smalls in their RS400 finished second in the final race having been third in the two earlier races.
Conditions were excellent on Oulton Broad but on both days racing took second place. On Saturday there was a successful Open Day where members of the public were invited to try their hand at sailing. It is expected that several will be joining the club as a result.
On Sunday, Charity Dragon Boat racing took place so racing was started from the club committee boat at the west end of the Braod.
Fortunately, the wind was from the east so it was possible to set interesting courses with reasonable beats.
There were only two Lasers out and Alan Cone won both races from Richard Cook. George Catchpole won the Slow Handcap in his RS Feva to add to hsi two wins on Saturday.
John Lockwood let Peter Horton past by mistaking the four rounds buoy for that for Mark 4 and could not get back into the lead. David Gentry took tird place.
There was not much place changing in the Waveney Class. Iris was again the leading boat, sailed this time by Simon Marfleet, followed by Geoff Little and Jack Pickering.
Geoff and Jack were again the early leaders in the Mixed Keel boats and exchanged places up the second beat. But Geoff decided to round on the wrong hand and dropped to the back of the fleet as Jack Pickering sailed into the distance to win easily.
John Lockwood moved up to second but the wind was not strong enough to keep a Squib in front of the Waveneys and he was overhauled by George Gower and then Phil Cooper.