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Wayling claims series victory

PUBLISHED: 12:16 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2010

THE Tempera Tech Eastern Series landed in Southwold over the bank holiday weekend, sharing the water with the javelin national championships.

Early arrivals on the Friday night were able to sample the local Adnams brew with pints of the appropriately named 'Regatta' flowing freely.

THE Tempera Tech Eastern Series landed in Southwold over the bank holiday weekend, sharing the water with the javelin national championships.

Early arrivals on the Friday night were able to sample the local Adnams brew with pints of the appropriately named 'Regatta' flowing freely.

Saturdays forecast seemed to differ depending which website you looked at, but as it turned out, the ever accurate wind-guru was spot on with its forecast for a NW F4 to decrease and swing round to the SW through the day. The shifty wind and strong tide making for a tough day on the water.

First out of the blocks in race one was local boy Jez Taylor who led around the first lap before being reeled in by James Jarvey, James Case and new boy Matt House. Jarvey set about building an unassailable lead over the next two laps while Matt House found himself clear in second, behind these two a group of five battled around the final lap for third, with Case, Taylor, Feilden, Wayling and Morley all rounding the final leeward mark together. Up the final beat in a decreasing and shifty breeze Case took third, followed by Wayling and Taylor.

By the start of race two the wind had swung to the North, giving a beat against the tide, Jarvey showed great speed again to beat Wayling with Case third just ahead of Taylor in fourth and Chris Roberts fifth.

Race three saw the wind swing further to the east and after watching a javelin port tack the fleet from a biased pin end it was no surprise five minutes later to find 12 phantoms fighting it out for the pin, resulting in the first general recall of the day.

With the round the ends rule in force for the next start the fleet behaved themselves and got away to a clean start, albeit again bunched at the pin end. With everyone arriving at the windward mark on port chaos ensued and Wayling and Miller sneaked through to take the early lead. With the breeze continuing to play tricks and the tide on the turn there were plenty of opportunities for place changes, Jarvey's perfect day was spoiled as his kicker broke and he found himself slipping back down the pack. Wayling held his lead until the finish, followed by Roberts, with Andy Gregory third, Taylor fourth and House fifth.

This gave Wayling the overnight lead ahead of Jarvey, Case, Taylor and House.

Sunday dawned with a stiff southerly breeze, after a short postponement to allow enough tide on the slipway to launch, the fleet put to sea, to be greeted by starkly different conditions to the previous day. The strong wind against tide, producing some great waves and surfing conditions. Survival became the order of the day and in the only race possible only half the fleet managed to finish. Wayling won from Miller, Roberts, Jarvey and House. Almost everyone capsized at one point or another, some more spectacular than others. Thankfully the only major damage was a broken rudder for James Case on a day that a Javelin pitchpoled!

With racing abandoned for the day the final results saw John Wayling take yet another Eastern Series win, with James Jarvey second and Chris Roberts third. At the prize giving John Wayling thanked the club and sailors for a great weekend on and off the water. All participants received an Adnams goodie bag.


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