Sunday October 12th saw an entry of five RMs sailing for the Broadland Trophy at the BRYC Filby. The day started slightly misty and dry, with the broad like a reflective mill pond. Not a breath of wind stirred and sailing conditions were already looking to be a challenge.
This made setting a course for Race officers Peter Sutton assisted by Tom Wilkinson near impossible.
An early cafe coffee break was welcome on this nippy morning, and fortunately in the delay to racing, the very slightest of westerly airs had made itself present. This enabled a port rounding course of a largish triangle with a beat to the finish.
The five morning drifting races with a shortened course could have been won by anyone, very exhausting. However Swanley skipper Peter Crisp sailing a Starkers 3 along with Broads Skipper Terry Burton sailing a Paradox with a new fin took a couple of wins each. Chelmsford’s Graham Bartholomew sailing a Rok closely followed with two third places and two second places making for close sailing.
Meanwhile Broads’s member Bernie Guest sailing a Margot was consistent in fourth followed by Mike Howard sailing another Paradox in fifth but struggling with rig set up. They say anyone can sail in a breeze!
Thankfully after a warming hearty cafe lunch, the forecast increase in wind had arrived (still only a very light breeze), but from a north east direction, this forcing a course change to suit the conditions, followed by another change as the wind moved further to the East. Terry and Graham continued competing for first and second places Terry taking four firsts to Grahams five during the afternoon. Consistency went to Peter Crisp with six third places. The final and 14th race saw Broads Bernie lead till last leg as Graham took the win leaving Terry in fourth.
Victory, on count back, went to Graham Bartholomew, with Terry Burton second, Peter Crisp third, Bernie Guest fourth and Mike Howard fifth.
A well run and sailed event albeit in very challenging conditions.
|POSITION||NAME||CLUB||HULL DESIGN||SAIL NO||FINAL SCORE|
|3||PETER CRISP||SWANLEY||STARKERS 3||23||33|
Report and results courtesy of David Grint