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Highfield is too hot for Fryer

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:30 05 July 2010

ANOTHER grey and windy day greeted sailors on Oulton Broad on Sunday and cut down the numbers out and kept the rescue crews busy.

The first Fast Handicap race was a close fought thing between Philip Highfield and Tamsin Butcher sailing an RS500 and Richard Fryer and Andy Jarvis in and RS400.

ANOTHER grey and windy day greeted sailors on Oulton Broad on Sunday and cut down the numbers out and kept the rescue crews busy.

The first Fast Handicap race was a close fought thing between Philip Highfield and Tamsin Butcher sailing an RS500 and Richard Fryer and Andy Jarvis in and RS400.

The RS400 is slightly the faster of the two and Fryer crossed the line with a 36 second lead but on handicap Highfield moved up to first with a mere three second advantage.

Some way behind the front two were the Lasers and Simon Marfleet sailing with a smaller radial rig had a small handicap advantage which was enough to move him up to third.

Sam Cole and Denise Sinclair had a cracking race in the Squib class and held the lead from start to finish.

There were no Optimists out but this was balanced by a larger than usual Topper fleet and Flip Foulds sailed another impressive race as she also lead from start to finish to beat William Knight and Rob Catchpole with all of them handling the heavy wind conditions very well.

The second Fast Handicap race followed a similar pattern to the first with Fryer and Highfield neck and neck until the last run when Highfield capsized when gybing to leave Fryer with what looked like the simple task of sailing for the line.

But he also got the gybe wrong rounding the last mark and took a swim to leave Nick Favell who had been third throughout to prove that staying upright was way to win.

Alan Cone in the Lasers was another who forgot that staying upright was the best way to win when he too capsized to let James Culley, who has steadily worked his way through the fleet into the lead.

By comparison the second Squib race was a fairly uneventful affair as Owen Delany took and early which he held from Richard Sullivan who recorded yet another second place with Richard Dell in third spot.

Flip Foulds again dominated the Toppers and really flew down the runs with Rob Catchpole holding second followed by Ben Knight.

Results. Oulton Broad, Fast Handicap 1 (9) One off the Devil (Philip Highfield); Custard (Richard Fryer); Passing Wind (Simon Marfleet). Squibs (8) Flying Fish (Sam Cole); Clever Dick (Richard Sullivan); Firebird (Owen Delany). Slow Handicap (6) Adomf (Flip Foulds); 45701 William Knight); Tadpole Rob Catchpole). Fast Handicap 2 (4) Cabinet Craft (Nick Favell); Custard; One off the Devil. Lasers (5) 181910 (James Culley); Passing Wind; Paradise Lost (Steve Cole). Squibs (5) Firebird; Clever Dick; Heartbeat (Richard Dell). Toppers (3) Adomf; Tadpole; Scorpio (Ben Knight).

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