Good day’s racing at Waveney & Oulton Broad YC

PUBLISHED: 09:52 06 November 2015

WINNER: Will Pank of Norfolk Broads YC turned on the style at Oulton Broad.

WINNER: Will Pank of Norfolk Broads YC turned on the style at Oulton Broad.


Abigail Holden of Horning SC and Will Pank of Norfolk Broads YC were the winners of the joint Topper and Optimist open meeting at Oulton Broad on Saturday but both had to fight off strong competition.

Nine Toppers and eight Optimists took part, mostly from the Broads area but there were also visitors from Hayling Island, Royal Harwich and Cambridge.

In the Toppers, 11-year-old Oliver Leary (NBYC) led round the first lap of race one. Abi took the lead on lap two, with Ellie Edwards (HSC) second, and by the end Oliver Hunt of the home club was in third.

Race two again saw Abi and Ellie battling for the lead and this time Ellie was first.

After lunch the breeze was patchy and race three saw lots of place changing, especially downwind. On one run the leaders were caught up by the pack behind and nearly everyone arrived at the mark together. Edward Nourse (WOBYC) popped out in the lead with Abi just behind and James Deaton (Royal Harwich) in third. The race was shortened after two laps by which time Abi was leading with Ellie just behind and James holding on to third.

In the final race Abi had to make sure Ellie didn’t get another win and she was helped by James who had an excellent race and finished first. Abi came in second with Ellie third, and so Abi was the overall winner with Ellie just a point behind. James was third just ahead of Oliver Hunt.

In the Optimists Will Pank won the first race quite comfortably, with Finley Dickinson from Hayling Island second and Charlotte Knight (WOBYC) third. Race two was a very different matter with Will and Finley very closely matched and Charlotte Lane (Cam SC) never far behind.

At the last mark Will had an inside overlap but Finley managed to power through on the final short leg to the finish and take the win. In race three Finley got away at the start while Will was busy doing penalty turns. However, the breeze deserted Finley on a run and Will came charging up from behind and this time it was Will’s turn to snatch victory.

So with everything depending on the last race, Will and Finley fought for the lead and Will clinched the series with a win. Seb Gotto (NBYC) came in third and so just beat Charlotte Lane and Charlotte Knight for third place overall.

It was a good day’s racing and, with the action close to the clubhouse, it was enjoyed by spectators as well as competitors.

The WOBYC winter series was due to start on Sunday but no racing was possible — there was too much fog and not enough wind.

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