Waveney gymnasts come away from county championships with medals
PUBLISHED: 16:22 29 September 2017
Warm sunshine and southerly breezes provided pleasant sailing conditions for Waveney & Oulton Broad YC at the weekend.
Entries were low on Saturday but better on Sunday, especially in the keelboat fleets.
Sunday’s Waveney race saw a close tussle between Pete Matthews’ Valerian and Geoff Little’s Naiad, with the lead changing three times. At the last mark Naiad was slightly ahead but had to give room to a Squib which left a gap just big enough for Naiad to dive into and re-take the lead.
The Squib race was also close but Firebird, helmed by Simon Marfleet, managed to lead all the way, holding off the challenge from Crazy Diamond.
The biggest race of the weekend was Sunday’s Mixed Keels with 12 entries and the Waveneys did well with Naiad first. Phil Large’s Iris second and Guy Foulger’s Broads One Design Peewit finishing third.
Three Waveneys also raced for the Broadsway Bowl and the winner was Cuckoo Pint sailed by Chris Wells and Roger Asher.
Although dinghy numbers were low, there was close racing between the Nourse twins in their Lasers on Saturday with James finishing just ahead of Edward in both races.
Meanwhile, George Madin won both Slow Handicap races.
On Sunday the Oulton Rater Catastrophe, sailed by Jordon Levett and James Nourse, was looking good in the Fast Handicap.
In race one it was beaten on corrected time by Alan Cone’s Solo but these positions were reversed in race two.
Steve Harvey sailed his Comet to victory in the Slow Handicap race with Jamie Dobson second in his Topper.
Gymnastics: Two performance girls from Waveney Gymnastics Club competed at Ipswich in the Suffolk County Voluntary Group Championship.
Jenna Delaunay was competing for the first time in over 18 months following a serve elbow injury.
She competed in the Level 2 14+ age group and scored a total of 38.45 to win the bronze medal.
In the Level 3 category event for younger gymnasts Paris Whiting scored a total of 43.15 to win the age group and return to the club with a gold medal and trophy. Coaches Alex Row and Kathy Norgate were delighted with the results - after some challenging times in training in the build-up to the competition both girls performed well on the day and achieved excellent results.