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No wind for season start

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

The winter sailing season started on Oulton Broad last Sunday, and from the number of boats that turned up it shows every sign of being a good one.

But one thing completely spoilt the racing, and that was the almost complete absence of wind.

The winter sailing season started on Oulton Broad last Sunday, and from the number of boats that turned up it shows every sign of being a good one.

But one thing completely spoilt the racing, and that was the almost complete absence of wind.

The first thing that the regular winter box team of Bryan Howard, David Mobbs and Eric Pearce had to do was put up the postponement flag.

It stayed up for an hour until a little breeze started to blow, but it never got above a force one and most of the time it was less than that, as well as very variable in direction. Only three dinghies started in the Fast Handicap race. They were led by Richard Holmes in his RS400, who was far enough in front to save his time with Ian Keely second in his Laser and David Frary third in his Finn.

Only two Squibs started and John Lockwood was soon out in front of David Harper. The course was shortened so that they could join in the second race, augmented by two more Squibs, sailed by Kerr Sinclair and Sam Cole.

Sinclair and Cole were the early leaders but Sam fell away on the beat to let John Lockwood through. By the end of the first round Lockwood was in the lead but Sinclair soon regained his first spot and held it to the end, with David Harper moving up a place when Cole retired.

David Frary reversed the order in the second Fast Handicap race as he beat Richard Holmes.

Results: Oulton Broad. Fast Handicap 1 (3) Lunchtime (Richard Holmes); Harryb Hormone (Ian Keely); Finn Lizzie (David Frary). Squibs 1 (2) Tomcat (John Lockwood); Sptember Song (David Harper). Fast Handicap 2 (3) Finn Lizzie; Lunch Time. Squibs 2 (4) Slinky (Kerr Sinclair); Tomcat; September Song.

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