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Beccles sailors enjoying strong gusts

PUBLISHED: 13:46 31 July 2015

Beccles ASC's Junior open 2015 prize winners.

Beccles ASC's Junior open 2015 prize winners.

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A force five north westerly gusting seven delighted the five Swing Bridge racers on Saturday afternoon and gave an exciting start as they beat up towards the quieter stretch through the trees.

Mark Langston in his Lightning Flash broke away from the rest, survived the fast gybe in front of the old bridge mark and was first back after 51 minutes.

A minute ahead on corrected time and next to arrive, Glen and George Curtis in Norfolk Penelope Jane collected the silverware from Langston and Simon Strode with Julie Walker in their Enterprise.

On Sunday BASC hosted their Junior Open with trophies for Optimist, slow and fast handicap up for grabs. Alex Scott dominated the Optimist fleet which given the initial lighter winds was sailed around a short course in front of the clubhouse.

Jack Sisley and Finley Harrod, showed perseverance against the ebbing tide to finish second and third respectively.

The mostly Topper slow handicap fleet had to go further up to the bridge and did remarkably well to keep upright throughout a wet and very gusty squall during race two.

James How had the best of it collecting two wins and the Mascall Trophy ahead of a close George Curtis and Billy Folkard.

The closest racing was within the fast handicap Laser fleet with a race win and a second for each after three races had been completed.

A winner had to be decided on last race win rule and therefore the silverware went to Rowan Curtis in his Streaker Rude Boy ahead of rivals Charlie Folkard and Harry Shipley.

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