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Edwards pair take trophy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

The Norfolk Dinghy Class hold their Class Championship at a different venue every year, and 2008 was the turn of Oulton Broad.

There was a good entry of 14 boats, but the most memorable factor was the weather, which was just about as unpleasant as it could be.

The Norfolk Dinghy Class hold their Class Championship at a different venue every year, and 2008 was the turn of Oulton Broad.

There was a good entry of 14 boats, but the most memorable factor was the weather, which was just about as unpleasant as it could be.

On Saturday the wind was gusting up to force 5 and all starters took in reefs, then on Sunday it rained more or less continuously and the wind came and went.

Kevin and Jo Edwards pulled out a good lead in the first race on Saturday while Ray Johnson and David Mackley had a closer race for second place, taken by Mackley.

On Sunday the rains came, and soon after the start the wind dropped away but then came back to keep the boats moving. Mackley moved up a place in this race to win from Sam Woodcock, with Johnson again in third place.

Kevin Edwards was back on form as he won the third race, beating Johnson and Woodcock and with one race to go these three plus Mackley could still win overall.

Johnson had been the most consistent helmsman, never dropping out of the first three and he saved his best for the last race which he won from Woodcock while Nigel Shipley's third place was by far his best result.

Edwards looked as though he was going to win in the early stages, but did his cause no good by rounding a mark on the wrong hand and although he fought his way back through the fleet could not do better than fourth.

And Mackley, the other contender, decided it was not a nice day for sailing and did not start.

Overall this left Ray and Andrew Johnson with six points, the same number as Kevin and Jo Edwards who took the Championship and the 21st Anniversary Trophy by virtue of having won two races to Johnson's one.

Woodcock was one point behind in third.

Edwards also won the Perci Trophy for winning the first race, Johnson the Jimmy Turner Trophy for second overall and Geoff Coulthard the Patria of Waipu Bowl as the leading veteran.

Results

Race 1: Minnie (Kevin and Jo Edwards); Lucifer (David Mackley); Coot (Ray and Andrew Johnson); Race 2: Lucifer; Kelpie (Sam Woodcock); Coot. Race 3: Minnie; Coot; Kelpie. Race 4: Coot; Kelpie; Herewego (Nigel Shipley).

David Hannant

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