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Sailors enjoy fine conditions

PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 03 July 2010

Action from Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Sailing Club at the weekend.

Action from Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Sailing Club at the weekend.

For Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club's windward/leeward series (2), for the first time this season weather conditions at Gorleston beach were a combination of beautiful sunshine and an excellent breeze.

For Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club's windward/leeward series (2), for the first time this season weather conditions at Gorleston beach were a combination of beautiful sunshine and an excellent breeze.

After several false starts for the first few Sundays of the season sailors finally got ideal sailing conditions that were to produce a great day's racing. The wind was from the north and was a force three to four all day. With an ebbing northerly tide, which was at its strongest in the middle of the day there was a choppy sea as well.

There was a good and varied turn-out of boats consisting of F18 Catamarans, a fleet of Asymmetrics, a 505, a Fireball and a Laser. This season the club is lucky to have a large fleet of RS 400s and five were competing.

The club also had several new members who were sailing competitively for the first time at the club this season - Jon Heissig in an RS 700, Tim Larkin in a RS 500, Jim Rosser in a RS 400 and Ed Anderson in a Laser were all on the water.

In the committee boat were Phil Harlow and Pete Johnston, as this was the first windward/leeward club racing day of the season the race schedule consisted of four sausage races. The course was set along the beach and there was approximately three quarters of a mile distance between the two buoys. Both the mornings races were over three laps so that by lunchtime many were feeling the effects of their strenuous efforts.

In the first race Ben and Veronica Falat sailing a Fireball took first place from Chris Sallis and Tasmin Butcher who were second in an RS 800. Tim Larkin and Heather Martine in a RS 500 were third.

In the second race a strong performance from Tim Larkin in his RS 500 enabled him to take first place from Chris Sallis, the Fallats were third. Fourth place in both the morning's races went to Richard Fryer.

For the afternoon the turnout was smaller and this time a four-lap race was enough to leave all but the fittest competitors unable to complete the final race.

In these two races Jon Heissig in a RS 700 managed to avoid capsizing as he quickly got acclimatised to the conditions, he took first place in both races.

Martin Brown was also able to complete both races and he took second place in both races. For the fourth race there were only three boats who started and just two crossed the finishing line.

On Sunday the club is holding the annual single hander open meeting which is scheduled to be a series of four to five races over the day. The club welcomes all entries from classes of non-spinnaker single-handed boats to this meeting.

Results - Race 1 (12): 1 Fireball 14867 (Falat/Falat), 2 RS 800 942 (Sallis/Butcher), 3 RS 500 625 (Larkin/Martine), 4 RS 400 721 (Fryer/Harper).

Race 2 (12): 1 RS 500 625 (Larkin/Martine), 2 RS 800 942 (Sallis/Butcher), 3 Fireball 14867 (Falat/Falat), 4 RS 400 721 (Fryer/Harper).

Race 3 (7): 1 RS 700 882 (Heissig), 2 RS 400 1129 (Browne/Holmes), 3 RS 400 721 (Fryer/Harper), 4 RS 400 943 (O'nions/Deith).

Race 4 (3): 1 RS 700 882 (Heissig), 2 RS 400 1129 (Browne/Holmes).


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