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Weather ruins end of regatta

PUBLISHED: 08:30 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:52 06 July 2010

AFTER five days of excellent sailing weather, Oulton Week ended last Friday in a very disappointing way as the wind steadily increased resulting in very small turnouts in the morning and all racing cancelled in the afternoon.

AFTER five days of excellent sailing weather, Oulton Week ended last Friday in a very disappointing way as the wind steadily increased resulting in very small turnouts in the morning and all racing cancelled in the afternoon.

Richard Dell won the Mixed One Designs and there were only two out, but this win was good enough to move him up from fourth over night to second overall but he was still seven points behind the leader, Neil Bowles.

None of the Fast Handicap ventured out so the results remained the same.

Nine Lasers bravely took to the water and Lloyd Crisp won his fourth race of the week but he was one result short and had to count a did not start which dropped him to tenth overall leaving John Ling to finish second on the day and take the week just three points ahead of Simon Marfleet with Gary Fuller third.

Seven of the Slow Handicap also went out and Flip Foulds and James Wilson, both sailing Toppers, continued the close battle they had all week with Wilson this time taking first place but it was not quite good enough to beat Foulds who won the week by just two points with Ben Turner in third place.

Only two River Cruisers braved the wind and only Anthony Landamore managed to finish so this made no impression on the overall week's results with Glyn Howarth sailing Beth ten points ahead of Paul Howes in Melinda with Richie Dugdale third.

The only other race to take place was the traditional 'Blood Bath' which was nearly aptly named.

John Ling crossed the finishing line first followed by Ryan Langstone and Lloyd Crisp, all sailing Lasers but they were not far enough in front of James Wilson who did brilliantly in the strong wind to end up with a fifty second advantage on handicap and take the Trophy.

The rest of the racing was very wisely cancelled.

Members of the Waveney Sailability fleet also took part in Oulton Week.

The winner was Debbie Morton who won three of the races to take first overall followed by Tony Barkes and Keith Ferridge.

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