Regatta joy for Buckenham SC
Buckenham Sailing Club had fantastic sunshine for both days of their weekend regatta, but the wind strengths were very different. On Saturday the club members and visitors boats' made slow progress down river against the flood tide and with a following wind.
Buckenham Sailing Club had fantastic sunshine for both days of their weekend regatta, but the wind strengths were very different.
On Saturday the club members and visitors boats' made slow progress down river against the flood tide and with a following wind.
As they turned the bottom mark, the sea breeze arrived and the competitors were blown back up river with the tide.
John Barton in his Leader Vin Jaune, crewed by Jackie Howard, kept in touch with the faster single hander boats and although they crossed the line ahead of him, Vin Jaune won on corrected time.
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Visitor Paul Parker from Coldham Hall SC was second in Wayfarer Club 2 and Jim Frost was third in Skylark.
With steadier sea breezes for the second race, Chris Skedge took first place in Phantom Skedge with Vin Jaune in second place and visitor Richard Holmes in his Laser, Gem, finished third.
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On Sunday the gusting wind was a real challenge and sorted the men from the boys! There were retirements and capsizes throughout the day.
First race of the day was won by Richard Holmes with Mike Spencer second sailing his Vision Natterjack, and crewed by Sue Burrell. Skylark was third.
With five capsizes, Chris Skedge could only manage fifth place but redeemed himself to finish first in the second race of the day ahead of Skylark and Gem.
John Wells sailed down from Coldham Hall in his Yeoman to join the racing and was rewarded with first place in the third race, ahead of Gem and Phantom Skedge.
Going into the fourth race on Sunday, the final Allcomers race of the regatta, the overall positions could not have been closer, just quarter of the point separated Gem and Phantom Skedge.
It was a tight race and Gem won the race and overall first prize of the Regatta. Phantom Skedge was second and second overall and Jim Frost in Skylark was third overall.
Hannah and Joseph Burrell in Toppers fought bravely in the Juniors' races with Hannah finishing as overall winner ahead of brother Joseph.