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Testing conditions for end of season gala at Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 08:02 03 November 2017

Waveneys in action at the end of season regatta at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club. Picture: Karen Langston

Waveneys in action at the end of season regatta at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club. Picture: Karen Langston

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After strong winds forced the abandonment of racing on Saturday for the second week running members of Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club were keen to get afloat on Sunday for their end of season regatta.

Some found this difficult as a high tide meant some moorings were well under water. Nevertheless 24 boats competed in a blustery north wind that gave several squalls.

In the Laser fleet Jonathan Jones won the first race but then had to retire with a broken kicking strap. Simon Beckett took the second race and was the overall winner with Jordan Levett second and James Nourse third.

Meanwhile most Slow Handicap dinghies were finding the conditions challenging but Thomas Betts was coping well in his Topper and won two races to take the trophy. Felix Cripps, also in a Topper, was second and Steve Harvey was third in his Comet.

There were only three boats in the Fast Handicap which was won by Veronica Falat in her Streaker; Alan Cone was second in his Solo.

The keelboat racing was particularly action-packed in the strong gusts and most boats only sailed two of the three races.

Richard Sullivan and Sue Harper were the winners in the Squibs while Sam Cole, crewed by his son Henry and Steve Evans, won both Broads One Design races, with Richard Dell, daughter Flora and Matthew Thwaites second overall.

Only two Waveneys ventured out — Iris with reefs and Brandy Bottle without. Simon and Caroline Marfleet in Iris won the first race but Brandy Bottle (Chris Schonhut, Steve Shipley and Jake Balls) won the other two.

The club is hosting a Topper and Optimist open meeting on Saturday while the winter season starts on Sunday.

Meanwhile the progress at Southwold Sailing Club continues, having made it to the second of three rounds in the Aviva Community Fund with a bid of £8,000 to purchase three Wayfarer dinghies.

The club applied for a grant in an effort to create easy access to the sport of sailing for the less agile and older age groups. Anyone interested in helping the club through to the next round should visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk

Southwold Sailing club welcomes all members of the community. For more information on learning to sail go to www.southwoldsc.org

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