Winter Regatta battle at Rollesby Broad
As a forerunner to its winter series, Rollesby Broad Sailing Club held its Winter Regatta on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the forecast winds never reached the Broad, so sailors had to contend with some light and shifty winds.
In the multisail fleet the top two places were clear-cut, with John Saddington and Dennis Manning in their Albacore winning all three races and Val and Chris Hanson in their Wayfarer finishing second in each. Third place overall was closely contested, with Mike Broadbent and Hugh Rout in a Xenon and Bob Sparrow and Mike Horwitz in a Wayfarer equal on points after the first two races. In the final race, the Wayfarer kept ahead of the Xenon throughout and therefore claimed third place overall.
The larger single-hander fleet had an entry of 15 dinghies, ranging from a RS300 to a group of five Solos.
After two races, three boats were vying for overall honours, with Tamsin Highfield in her Streaker on three points and the Solos of Jim Rosser and Sam McNamara on four and five, respectively.
In the final and deciding race, Chris Toothill, sailing a Phantom, led from start to finish on the water, but close behind were the Solos of Jim Rosser and Sam McNamara. Approaching the final mark, Jim suffered a ‘navigational malfunction’, allowing Sam to slip past. This made the final points interesting, with three boats equal on three points and so the overall places were decided by the last race, making Sam McNamara the winner.
Grey skies and light wind provided rather dull conditions for racing at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club on Sunday, but 18 boats took part and some had a very successful day. Ian Keely and Pete Matthews in Squibbo won the first Squib race and were second in the next; similarly Ben Falat, sailing his Phantom, was second in the first Fast Handicap and first in the next. Meanwhile, James Nourse, in a club Wanderer, won both Slow Handicap races.
Some of the regular sailors were at Norwich Frostbite SC competing for W&OBYC in the annual team match and, for the first time in several years, won the trophy.