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The north wind will blow

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

The Squibs get ready for their second race.

The Squibs get ready for their second race.

ANYONE who thinks that sailing should take place in warm, sunny weather would have had a disappointment at Oulton Broad on Sunday as racing took place in freezing conditions with a snow storm at the start of the second series.

ANYONE who thinks that sailing should take place in warm, sunny weather would have had a disappointment at Oulton Broad on Sunday as racing took place in freezing conditions with a snow storm at the start of the second series.

In these conditions it was surprising that as many as ten boats were on the water.

Five boats started in the first Fast Handicap race and were lead by Richard Fryer. On the second round he uncharacteristically capsized and took some time to recover as Carol Smalls drifted some distance from the boat, and although he stayed in the lead the time he had lost allowed Simon Beckett in his Laser to move up to win on handicap. Simon Marfleet, in spite of a late start, took third place.

The other five boats out were all Squibs and Bryan and Jenny Riley did very well to cut down Jimmy Tubby's early lead and move into a comfortable first place, with Sam Cole and Denise Sinclair third.

The second Fast Handicap race was down to just two RS400s and Richard Fryer, crewed this time by Flip Foulds, was always in front of Nick Favell.

Two Lasers also started but quickly decided to pack it in as the snow made conditions really unpleasant to leave the Squibs to start as the snow storm was at its worst.

Bryan Riley soon took the lead and held it to the end as the OOD took pity on the competitors and shortened the course, with Jim Tubby in second after he had got past Owen Delany while Sam Cole took pity on his freezing crew and went home.

David Hannant

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