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After Saturday’s downpour, Sunday dawned full of hope for a sunny warm day with good brisk wind for the clubs Local 4 series racing. The forecast of strong winds for Sunday, earlier in the week resulted in a reduced field of competitors, even though the forecast was revised later for lighter winds. In the event even the wind speeds of 13 to 14 mph failed to appear, and racing was conducted in winds of approx 8 to 9 mph coming from the SW 8 boats came to the line for all three races, with race officer Ian Barker setting a simple course with two buoys to negotiate. Ian decided to call for 3 rounds on the first race, but shortened the course due to the light winds. With fleet pushed over to the Brundall side of the river due to wind direction some groundings were experienced due to hidden tree roots and vegetation at the head of a mariner dyke. The first race saw Findus Archates sailed by John Wells and Sandy Watt get away early at the start followed closely by Club 1 sailed by Paul Parker and Gill Pearson to establish a good lead over the rest of the fleet. , at the bell it was Findus Archates with Club 1 second and Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey having caught up well third, with the rest of the fleet some way behind. Race 2 saw the race officer because of the light winds reduce the course by one lap to a total of two laps to be completed. With the start requiring lots of tacking to make progress, it was again Findus Archates and Club 1 getting away to a good start although there was considerable congestion at the turning buoy causing the usual good humoured banter. With the reduced course this time the race taking 23 mins for the leading boat to complete the course it was Findus Archates helmed by Sandy Watt and crewed by Dad John Wells taking first position with again Club 1 second and third going to Magpie. Race 3 again 2 rounds, saw some slight change in the leading boats with Club 1 finishing first followed by Findus Archates with John Wells back at the helm, and just managing to hold off Magpie third place went to Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston. With the weather sunny and at last warm a lovely mornings sailing was had by all followed by a welcome drink at the Tavern.
Following on from Saturday's damp and chilly day, this Sunday's weather forecast promised little better, with a light SW wind, showers and possible thunderstorms on the menu. First to the start line for this week's racing came four Cruisers for the first of their downriver series races, although the wind speed was light and tide against them the boats made good time and sped down train reach and had vanished out of sight before the all comers started their second race of the all comers downriver series. Nine boats contested this week's race, seven Yeoman, one dinghy and a half decker, the reduced dinghy entry caused by two of the clubs prominent dinghy sailors being on Box Duty and also the threat of heavy thunderstorms. Officer of the Day Gill Pearson set the middle downriver course which proved to be just right given the conditions. With the tide against them and a light wind the boats made slow but steady progress down train reach with better sailing once more open water was reached. At the turn Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston just managed to turn first ahead of Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey who had closed the considerable lead Shibboleth had built up over the rest of the fleet, who turned the mark some way behind the two leaders. Despite all the efforts of Shibboleths crew Magpie gained the lead just after Buckenham Ferry and held it to the finish to claim first place, with Shibboleth second and Goldfinch sailed by David and William Taitt third. The Cruisers had a good race with leading the way by a considerable margin Swallowtail sailed by John Wells and Sandy Watt found themselves becalmed at Buckenham Ferry allowing the other three Cruisers to not only catch up but overtake her. At the finish all the cruisers crossed the line together, after handicap Morning Calm sailed by Bill Clark took first position with Anna sailed by Diana Branscombe second and Glory sailed by Colin Brown third. The weather overall turned out warm with a light but constant wind and no thunderstorms, a mornings sailing not to be missed, and enjoyed by all.
After a decidedly damp few days Sunday dawned full of hope for dry weather combined with a moderate to strong wind, which was duly delivered in part. With the wind direction in the South West Race Officer Jonathan Bolton laid a long course, together with a third buoy to add further interest to the days racing, Jonathan set the rounds to 2 for the first race, which proved to be correct as the wind was light and quite variable. With 11 boats coming to the line Jonathan opted for a split start with the Keelboats starting first. Although the course presented some dull spots, the boats kept moving throughout the race with all finishing within 30min timeframe. One for the Road sailed by Kim Mayfield and Carol Catchpole took first position followed by Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey with Findus Archates sailed by John Wells and Sandy Watt taking third place Race two and with the wind picking up Race Officer Jonathan Bolton sensible increased the rounds to 3, with the stronger wind the start was quite interesting for the keelboats there being seven of them all vying for pole position. With the strong wind the race was completed in very little more time than race one, although the field did string out somewhat with the leading boats gaining some 6/7 minutes lead over those not so fortunate. This race proved positive for the dinghies with them taking the first three positions, with Club 1sailed by Paul Parker and Gill Pearson first, followed 2 minutes later by One for the Road with Phil Parker and Scott Budds sailing Pippin coming in third Race three and the wind still increasing meant the course could be left at 3 rounds giving all an opportunity to enjoy a good sail. This time 9 boats came to the line six Keelboats and three dinghies, still splitting the start, gave far more room to manoeuvre which was welcome. Taking a similar time to complete the race, this time the Keelboats came to the fore with Ben Adams and Crispin Lambert sailing Felspar romping home in 31minutes followed by Goldfinch just beaten into second place after taking 31minutes 2 seconds (how close is that) third place went to the first dinghy home Club 1 with a rather more acceptable margin.
With yet another unseasonably chilly week being the order of the day, summer finally arrived on Saturday, with Sunday following hard on its heels, sunny warm and with a moderate NE wind. However this failed to tempt many competitors out for the clubs 3rd Downriver of the current series, with only 7 boats coming to the line, and fewer still for the cruisers 2nd Downriver race, this race only attracting 2 competitors. Race officer Ben Adams decided on the long course for both the allcomers and cruiser races, an excellent choice given the moderate strength wind. The 6 Yeoman keelboats and 1 Wayfarer dinghy started first all getting away to a good start and making steady progress down train reach, as the boats emerged from the reach having been overhauled by one of the cruisers, Swallowtail sailed by John Wells and Family, with the other cruiser Glory sailed by Colin Brown and Nick Ebbage not far behind, Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston luckily getting some good gusts managed to take the lead with Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey close behind followed by Goldfinch this week helmed by William Taitt with father David as crew just ahead of the rest of the fleet. After a good battle against the incoming tide and with quite considerable tacking the boats made good time to the turning point, with Shibboleth turning first with Magpie hard behind followed by the rest of the fleet at some distance. After a quite swift return journey assisted by the strong incoming tide, it was Shibboleth still in the lead as the boats entered train reach for the final leg of the race with Magpie edging ever closer, half way down the reach Magpie pounced as Shibboleth failed to read the wind changes, taking the lead to cross the line first followed closely by Shibboleth with Goldfinch taking third place. Swallowtail took first position in the cruiser race having held the lead for the entire race