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Weather wins on Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

Changing weather had an undue influence on results over the first three days of Oulton Week as heavy rain, light airs and heavy winds all took their toll.

Changing weather had an undue influence on results over the first three days of Oulton Week as heavy rain, light airs and heavy winds all took their toll.

In spite of these conditions there was a good turnout in the first race of the day for Mixed One Designs. Neil Bowles carried on where he left off last year by winning the race from Mark Drake, with Rob Johnson third - and he stayed first on Monday as well.

Richard Smith, with a first and a second, is leading the morning Fast Handicap race from Nick Barrett, both sailing RS400s.

There was a good entry in the Laser class, which is being led by Simon Barker, but also counting a win is Simon Marfleet and Gary Fuller so the overall position is very close.

One of the biggest fleets is the morning slow Handicap, which is largely Toppers with a few Splashes and RS Fevas making up the numbers. Flip Foulds is the one to beat - and so far no one has, although James Wilson has two seconds to his name, both sailing Toppers.

The River Cruisers have traditionally supported Oulton Week in good numbers and this year is no exception with 25 on the water divided into two sections. With the varying conditions the results are a bit all over the place but Geoff Angell is the most consistent and leads with a second and a third.

The midday Fast Handicap is also well supported and after a poor result on the first day Duncan Madin in his RS300 has a first and second to give him the lead from Bryan Riley sailing his National 12.

The midday slow handicap is again being dominated by Foulds although James Wilson upset her list of first places by winning on Sunday.

Neil Bowles won both the Waveney races sailed so far but they opted to stay ashore on Tuesday as the wind reached its strongest in the early afternoon. Jack Pickering is also consistent with two second places.

The Yare and Bures opted to take in reefs on Tuesday and Richie Dugdale clocked up his third win. The BODs, with 15 entries, are so keen to get started that they had general recalls on both the first two days in which Tim Barrett gained a first and third to put him top from Christian Young and David Leech, who are tying for second place.

Denise Sinclair has put in two excellent performances to win the first two Squib races.

The RS400s are not having things all their own way in the afternoon Fast Handicap as Roger Wilson is leading in his RS300 from Nick Barrett's RS400.

Leading the afternoon Laser class is 470 World Champion Nic Asher, but even he thought better of it on Tuesday and stayed ashore to open things up a bit for Simon Marfleet and Gary Fuller.

The afternoon Mixed One designs has been affected more than most by the weather as the wind died away, but this has not prevented David Gooch taking the overall lead.


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