Fair wind for sailors

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club on Sunday saw an excellent day's sailing.A Force 4 wind from the west gave good sailing conditions throughout the day's four races.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club on Sunday saw an excellent day's sailing.

A Force 4 wind from the west gave good sailing conditions throughout the day's four races.

With such good conditions it was nearly 5pm when racing finished.

After the long day's racing, sailors were extremely grateful for the assistance of the lifeguard's quad bike in towing the committee boat up the beach ramp and back to the dinghy park.

Veronica and Ben Falat were OOD for the day. They set a long windward/leeward course which was sufficient to give the larger than usual number of faster boats a chance to compete with the RS400s.

However, the RS 400 fleet still dominated the day with all but one race won by this class of boat.

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There were four Hobie catamarans, an RS 800, 4 RS 400s, two Lasers, a Contender, an OK, and a 505.

Martin Browne, sailing an RS 400 with Dinah Holmes, finished the day with two wins and a second.

An uncharacteristic capsize in the final race of the day prevented him from obtaining a high position in this race as well.

The RS 400s of Richard Fryer and the Matthews were not far behind Martin throughout the day.

Competition from the faster boats was strong though, Chris Sallis sailing with Dick Roe in an RS 800 managed one win, a second and a third place.

The Hobie F18 of Mark Quayle and Richard Sawyer was the quickest catamaran, taking two third places during the day.

The day will be remembered because a large commercial ship anchored close to the race course decided to raise anchor and sail straight through the racecourse during the middle of racing.

At one stage the ship looked to be steering directly towards the committee boat. Several boats had to change course to avoid the ship. Thankfully there were no casualties.

The club would like to announce that it will holding its annual regatta day this Sunday.

Day members are welcome to attend so please arrive at Gorleston beach by 9.30am for a briefing prior to racing at 10.30am.

Results: Sprint Series Programme

Race one (12): 1 RS 400 1129 (Browne and Holmes), 2 RS 400 721 (Fryer and Smalls), 3 RS 800 942 (Sallis and Roe), 4 RS 400 742 (Matthews and Matthews).

Race two (12): 1 RS 800 942 (Sallis and Roe), 2 RS 400 1129 (Browne and Holmes), 3 Hobie F18 1294 (Quayle and Sawyer), 4 RS 400 721 (Fryer and Smalls).

Race three (12): 1 RS 400 1129 (Browne and Holmes), 2 RS 400 742 (Matthews and Matthews), 3 RS 400 721 (Fryer and Smalls), 4 RS 800 942 (Sallis and Roe).

Race four (10): 1 RS 400 721 (Fryer and Smalls), 2 RS 800 942 (Sallis and Roe), 3 Hobie F18 1294 (Quayle and Sawyer), 4 Contender 604 (Allison).