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PUBLISHED: 11:39 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 08:12 01 August 2010

IT was all happening at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club at the weekend.

Saturday saw 70 pupils enrolled for the sailing school which runs until the end of July.

IT was all happening at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club at the weekend.

Saturday saw 70 pupils enrolled for the sailing school which runs until the end of July.

A competitive fleet of nine Norfolk's graced the River Waveney on Sunday for the annual open meeting.

With the tide changing during the day, the wind shifting from south to the northeast by the end of racing and race officer Richard Deller setting a varied and demanding course for each of the three races competitors knew they had had a hard sail.

Race one saw Nigel Shipley and Kevin Edwards both from the home club battle it out, with Ray Johnson not far behind, while sailing correspondent Alan Mallet was not far behind.

These four being well ahead of the rest. Rory Kelsey battled to recover from misjudging a mark which left him in last place for a time.

On the last lap saw the wind change direction while the leading two were battling it out on the beat, Nigel got headed while Kevin being on the other tack got lifted. Kevin and Nigel finished well ahead of the rest with Ray Johnson third.

Race two: A perfect start was made by Ray Johnson who was followed by the Kevin Edwards, After rounding Mark 1, Kevin pulled away from the rest of the fleet and increased it to win by two minutes followed by Ray and Nigel Shipley with Alan Mallet fourth followed closely by Rory Kelsey.

Race three: With the course changed yet again, this time with a loop in it so there was more tacking, Sue Grief lead the fleet to the first mark, however her lead was short-lived when Kevin Edwards got in front on the beat.

Kevin who had been well crewed all day by daughter Elena, then sailed of into the distance to win easily, together with the Norfolk Trophy. Ray Johnson was second with Harry Shipley as crew, Ray making the most of having a light weight crew.

Nigel and Abagail Shipley were third, after a battle with Rory Kelsey who was finding it hard work adjusting from sailing an Enterprise.

The first three positions were in fact was also the overall positions with Beccles boats taking first and third positions. The prizes were presented by John Gibbons, president of BASC, who until last year had sailed a Norfolk OD.

Result for the BASC Norfolk OD Trophy

Race one: 1 Minnie (Kevin and Elena Edwards), 2 Herewego (Nigel and Abagail Shipley), 3 Coot (Ray Johnson and Harry Shipley).

Race two: 1 Minnie (Kevin and Elena Edwards), 2 Coot (Ray Johnson and Harry Shipley), 3 Herewego (Nigel and Abagail Shipley).

Race three: 1 Minnie (Kevin and Elena Edwards), 2 Coot (Ray Johnson and Harry Shipley), 3 Herewego (Nigel and Abagail Shipley).

Overall for Beccles ASC Norfolk Trophy: 1 Minnie (Kevin and Elena Edwards), 2 Coot (Ray Johnson and Harry Shipley), 3 Herewego (Nigel and Abagail Shipley).


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