Oulton Week sees 142 boats enjoy the excellent weather
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 September 2017
Weather conditions were kind to competitors at this year's Oulton Week with plenty of warm sunshine and light to medium breezes.
A total of 142 boats took part and as usual the keelboat racing was particularly competitive.
In the morning Mixed One Designs series Denise and Kerr Sinclair in their Squib Slinky won two of the six but it was hard to hold off the challenge of the traditional keelboats and the series became a battle between Chris Bunn’s Yare and Bure Fox and Simon Marfleet’s Waveney Iris.
Everything rested on the final race, sailed in the lightest of breezes; Bunn needed to win to take the series but it was Marfleet who finished first and so secured victory.
The afternoon series also had a tight finish. Bunn won the first two races but David Gooch was sailing Richard Barrett’s Squib Drips to good effect and these two tied on points at the end of the week, with the trophy going to Bunn on the tie-break.
Iris won the Waveney series ahead of Trevor Balls’ Creeping Jenny while Fox was first in all the Yare and Bure races, second place going to Paul Carrington’s White Ermine. Jimmy and Jill Tubby did not start the first Squib race after Jill suffered an injury as the spinnaker pole flew back but, with reserve crews, he won three of the races. However, Drips and Slinky were the series leaders, finishing with equal points and the trophy went to Drips on the tie-break.
The biggest keelboat class fleet was the Broads One Designs with 16 boats, five of which won races. Tim Frary’s Albatross emerged as the winner, the only boat to score two wins. Sam Cole’s Pipit was second.
In the dinghy fleets it was generally more clear-cut as to who the leaders were. Duncan Madin, sailing his K1 Soteria, won the morning Fast Handicap series counting only first and second places. Veronica Falat’s Streaker Pickle was the runner-up. In the afternoon series, Soteria was even more dominant, only counting first places.
Joe Drake was unbeaten in the Laser series, while Fin Dickinson did well to sail his Laser Radial to second overall, ahead of the other standard-rig boats; Edward Nourse was third. The Slow Handicap results were dominated on corrected time by the Optimists with William Pank in Pank Panther winning all three series.