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Challenge for sailors

PUBLISHED: 11:12 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:32 01 August 2010

WITH the series B, 10-week programme concluding last Saturday, it was certainly going to be testing for sailors at Beccles in the fresh but warm westerly.

WITH the series B, 10-week programme concluding last Saturday, it was certainly going to be testing for sailors at Beccles in the fresh but warm westerly.

But that didn't deter the many juniors, some from the sailing school, competing in the Novices Salver and Mirror 1 Trophies.

Hugh Braidwood in his Oppie Smoke on the Water won both Mirror One races this week to become overall champion in the junior series B campaign.

With a highly successful series in Herewego under their belts, Nigel and Abbey Shipley could afford to spectate in this week's Clubhouse and Bacchante Trophies, as they were already confirmed overall winners this year. But they went on to sail and win the Coronation Cup race as well this week, confirming that a larger cabinet for the silverware is urgently needed.

The Monosails and Enterprises enjoyed planing the long reaches past the clubhouse in the exhilarating force five breeze off

the Norfolk bank in the Will Judge and Kerrich races.

Jon Blankley in his Laser and G Curtis and D Braidwood in their Enterprise continued their good form this week by securing firsts in both campaigns respectively.

The following day saw a fleet of boats from Beccles descend on Buckenham SC for inter-club racing and the Woodcock Salver for Enterprises. Kevin and Elena Edwards of BASC were unstoppable in their Enterprise Sharkie, with two excellent wins confirming them winners in the Woodcock and with team Salisbury in their Enterprise also of BASC winning the third race concluding an excellent weekend's sailing for the Beccles club.

Buckenham SC are invited back to BASC tomorrow for a return match. On Sunday, BASC host their Junior Open, and sailors across the region should note that Beccles Open Regatta commences on the August 4 to 6.

Results -Novices Salver: 1 S Baylis, 2 S Palmer, 3 T Dixon-Wood.

Clubhouse Trophy: 1 J Blankley, 2 R Salisbury, 3 K and E Edwards.

Coronation Cup: 1 N and A Shipley, 2 K and E Edwards, 3 J Shipley.

Mirror One Race One: 1 H Braidwood, 2 M Philips-Beck, 3 O Baylis.

Mirror One Race Two: 1 H Braidwood, 2 M Philips-Beck, 3 O Baylis.

Bacchante Trophy NOD: 1 S Grief, 2 T Haycock.

Will Judge Trophy: 1 J Blankley, 2 J Shipley, 3 B Playle. Kerrich Cup: 1 G Curtis and D Braidwood, 2 R and J Salisbury, (two retired).

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