Youngster Drake dominates local event at Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 16:51 13 October 2017

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Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club hosted open meetings for Lasers and Streakers on Sunday in a light north-westerly breeze.

Considering the number of Laser dinghies in the local area, their turnout was disappointing, with only six boats taking part, but it provided 17-year-old Joe Drake an excellent opportunity to showcase his skills.

Having finished third in the Laser Nationals earlier this year, Joe dominated this event with three wins. In the final race he made an excellent port tack start and cleared the fleet, pulled away and eventually finished three minutes ahead of the next boat.

Another local sailor, Simon Beckett, was second overall and Piers Luxford from Royal Harwich YC was third.

The seven-boat Streaker fleet included three visitors but Veronica Falat of the home club won all three races. Duncan McDonald and Doug Horner. both from clubs on the south coast. were second and third overall.

Only a few boats took part in the club racing on Saturday in cold and windy conditions but the competition between the leading two in the first Slow Handicap series was exciting to watch. Thomas Betts (Topper) led for most of the race but George Madin (RS Tera Pro) caught up and just beat him to the finish.

After 21 races, and with only three more to go, Thomas and George are separated by only two points and the final result looks too close to call.

There are some similarly close finishes in the Sunday keelboat series. Phil and Sheelagh Large in Iris won the Waveney class race and they now lead by one point from Trevor and Jake Balls in Creeping Jenny.

Meanwhile, in the Mixed Keels series, the leading boat is Marc Moncrieff’s Squib Crazy Diamond but the next three boats - Waveney Naiad and Squibs Slinky and Moonraker - all stand a chance of overall victory if they do well in the final two races.

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