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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
The weather this Sunday was just right for a picnic, which fitted in well with the clubs race programme as it also saw the second picnic race of the Downriver race series. With six Yeoman keelboats, one Wayfarer dinghy and six Cruisers coming to the start line, race officer Ian Barker had his work cut out to ensure a smooth start, as being one assistant race officer short, the two duty race officers had to be in two places at once, happily all went very smoothly. With a strong SW wind Ian decided on Cantley as the downriver destination for the race, this proved a good decision, with the Cruisers covering the course in under one hour, and the Yeoman keelboats and Wayfarer also only taking just on the hour. Glory skippered by Colin Brown was first to cross the line taking only 52mins 26secs followed by Morning Calm skippered by Bill Clark taking 53mins 55secs, but the winner after handicap had been applied was Stratus skippered by Jonathan Townley. Wayfarer Club 1 sailed by Gill Pearson and Paul Parker was first to finish of the all comers taking 1hour 24secs followed closely by Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Liz Reynolds neck and neck with Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston, after handicap had been applied it was Shibboleth by 1sec who took first place at the half way mark, with Club 1 and Magpie sharing second place in a dead heat. With such a good turnout for the race it was a very social gathering for the picnic at Cantley which was enjoyed by all in the warm and sunny weather. The return section of the race started with the Cruisers going first at 1.00pm with the all comers following at 1.10pm With wind picking up making the start very lively the boats had a very hard beat down the first reach, thereafter with the wind staying strong the fleet again made very good time back to Coldham Hall, the leading Cruisers taking just over the hour to complete the trip with again Glory leading the field taking 1hour 3mins 40secs hard pressed by Swallowtail skippered by John Wells taking 1hour 3mins 43secs.Again after handicap had been applied it was Stratus who took first position, also taking first position for the overall race with Morning Calm skippered by Bill Clark second and Swallowtail third. The all comers not taking much longer than the Cruisers to complete the second leg of the race saw Magpie cross the line first taking only 1hour 7mins 30secs with Shibboleth second and Felspar sailed by Ben Adams and Crispin Lambert third. On a very close call Shibboleth took the overall first place with Magpie second and Felspar third
What a difference this Sunday to the previous Sunday, last Sundays sailors were greeted by no wind and heavy rain leading to the cancellation of the days racing, this Sunday saw good wind and dry weather albeit on the chilly side temperature wise. Last Sunday's race programme (local 12) was brought forward to keep the overall local series running smoothly, race officer Terry Cook set an ambitious course of three well spaced buoys to be raced round three times, this proved to be an excellent decision with the boats completing the course in the breezy conditions between 35 and 50 minutes over the three races. Getting away to an excellent start in race one Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey took first place in grand style, completing the race four minutes ahead of the second boat to cross the line Goldfinch sailed by David and William Taitt, followed 4 seconds later by Kingfisher sailed by Gary Corbett and David Greenacre Race two saw a change of position with Club 1 sailed by Paul Parker and Gill Pearson taking first position closely followed by Magpie, both well ahead of the rest of the fleet, Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston took third place somewhat behind the leaders. Race three again saw Club 1 taking first position with this time very closely followed for second position by Felspar sailed by Club Race Officer Ben Adams and crew Andrew Cowan, Magpie keeping an excellent race average took third place. This Sunday also saw Downriver Six of the clubs cruiser racing, with four cruisers coming to the start line, with the wind favourably Terry Cook the OOD had set the Downriver Long course which gave the boats a very good mornings sailing. First over the finishing line was Morning Calm sailed by Bill Clark taking 1hour 45minutes 52 seconds followed by Swallowtail sailed by John Wells taking 1:51:10 with Glory sailed by Colin Brown closely behind taking 1:51:31and Stratus sailed by Jonathan Townley taking slightly longer being a slower boat taking 2:05:22. After handicap had been applied Morning Calm took the honours with Stratus second and Swallowtail third, Glory being unable to obtain a position as her handicap is provisional excluding her from a placing in the race.
This Sunday’s weather forecast for high winds and a chilly morning took its toll on entrants for the penultimate race of the season’s local race series, with only keel boats arriving at the line to compete, not helped by prominent wayfarer sailors Paul Parker and Gill Pearson taking their duty as officers of the day, Although the chilly start to the days forecast held good the strong winds failed to materialise, with a light breeze on offer instead, the boats made short work of the course set by officer of the day Paul Parker for the first two races, both won by Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston who after getting away to a good start were able to make the most of the clear course ahead, the leader enjoys. Second in race one went to Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbie Jaffey, with third place taken by Findus Archates sailed by John Wells and Sandy Watt. Goldfinch sailed by David and William Taitt took second place in race two with Magpie third. With the wind increasing to a good breeze for race three OOD Paul decided to increase the rounds to three, which gave a very good sail for the final race of the day, first to take the bell by a very clear margin was Findus Archates with Magpie second and Kingfisher sailed by Gary Corbett and David Greenacre third. Next Sunday sees the final race of the summer downriver series. Some very welcome news, the road (Carnser) down to the club which has for some years been in a very bad state of repair is being upgraded later this month, thanks are due to David Linder of the Coldham Hall Tavern for his perseverance with all the various parties involved in bring this work to a successful conclusion
The final race of the local series saw ten boats come to the starting line to conclude the local racing for this season, 5 Yeoman keelboats, 1 Flying fifteen 3 Wayfarers and 1 Leader. With a moderate wind OOD Shirley Roll was able to set a three marker course adding interest to the morning's competition. Race one saw Bill Clarke sailing his Leader dinghy single handed get away to a commanding lead, which he maintained to win the race in grand style, with Magpie sailed by David Hickman and Debbi Jaffey second and Shibboleth sailed by David and Margaret Woolston third. After a welcome break in the proceedings for coffee the second race started with an increase in wind speed, making for a more lively event, this time seeing Yeoman Felspar sailed by Ben Adams and Crispin Lambert take the finish bell first with Shibboleth second and Goldfinch sailed by David and William Taitt third. With the wind continuing to increase OOD Shirley Roll increased the race laps to three for the final race of the 2021 season local racing which was won by Felspar managing to claw back the lead after going aground, second place went to Magpie with Richard Joy sailing his Wayfarer Obsession singled handed third. Next week sees Commodores Day, look forward to seeing plenty of members to round off the summer sailing season, with morning's events from the clubs Commodore Nigel Kippin