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Blustery conditions a test for sailors

PUBLISHED: 12:32 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 09:50 01 August 2010

Kevin and Jo Edwards sailing their Enterprise Minnie.

Kevin and Jo Edwards sailing their Enterprise Minnie.

Blustery northerlies made for difficult sailing conditions at times at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club for last weekend's series B racing and the club's Enterprise Open event the next day.

Blustery northerlies made for difficult sailing conditions at times at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club for last weekend's series B racing and the club's Enterprise Open event the next day.

Saturday morning had junior sailing school cancelled as gusts reaching force six prevailed so consequently fleet numbers were down through the afternoon, but those who did venture out supplied spectators with a few thrills and spills.

Rowan Curtis ripped round the marks in his Optimist to secure both races in the Bittern Cup and with half the fleet made up of Toppers in the Pursuit race, Charlie Folkard this week managed to keep out in front for 20 minutes with another good performance.

But eventually Jake Shipley's Laser and Rory Kelsey's reefed Norfolk passed, and that's how they finished.

The hard beat down river again denied Kelsey's Norfolk top spot, this time in the Handicap Coronation Cup race, as Shipley's Laser and the Commodore's Enterprise forged out a good lead, Shipley securing his second win of the day over the three rounds.

With Charlie Folkard capsizing and Harry Shipley's intervention with the bank just after the start of the Topper race one, Ollie Baylis kept his Bermuda shirt dry to the finish line to complete his first win this series.

But he had to settle for third in race two as Folkard powered away from the start putting him just one point behind Jake Smalls in the Topper campaign overall.

As the afternoon went on, the wind steadied but not enough for team Curtis/Rusted in the Kerrich Cup.

Their death-roll on the dead run upstream in Polyarchy concluded in a high-speed capsize in front of the clubhouse - spectators apparently chuckling from behind their mugs of tea!

Sunday saw BASC host the third leg of the Woodcock Salver for Enterprises, and despite no visitors this year 10 club boats got out on the water.

It turned out to be a cracking day's sailing by anyone's standards, the moderate northerly less gusty than Saturday.

Kevin and Jo Edwards decided to haul Minnie out of the garage for a dust down and easily wrapped up the two pre-lunch races, winning with two commanding leads from the start.

But the afternoon race saw a more

determined performance from Richard Deller and Saskia Baylis.

They carved their way through a busy start into front position, where they stayed, although team Edwards chased them to the line, finishing just a second behind.

Afterwards the commodore thanked all the volunteers who helped out on the day including the safety boat crew, galley team and officer of the day Nigel Shipley who oversaw the racing with son Harry.

Beccles and District ASC

Bittern Cup race one (4): 1 Bittern (R Curtis), 2 Rachael (R Folkard), 3 Club Oppy (P Roll).

Clubhouse Pursuit (9): 1 Sonic Screwdriver (J Shipley), 2 Tankard (R Kelsey/G Roll), 3 Charlie (C Folkard).

Coronation Cup (5): 1 Sonic Screwdriver, 2 Cuddles (R Deller/S Baylis), 3 Tankard.

Mirror 1 race one (6): 1 Falcon (O Baylis), 2 Charlie (C Baylis), 3 Just Harry 2 (H Shipley).

Bittern Cup race two (4): 1 Bittern, 2 Club Oppy (P Roll), 3 Rachael.

Kerrich Cup (2): 1 Cuddles, Polyarchy (ret).

Will Judge Trophy (3): 1 Sonic Screwdriver, 2 Tankard, 3 Andiamo (B and E Playle).

Mirror 1 race two (5): 1 Charlie, 2 Tip Top (J Smalls), 3 Falcon.

Enterprise Open (10): 1 Minnie (K and J Edwards), 2 (R Deller/S Baylis), 3 Agapanthus (R and J Salisbury).

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