Sunday April 5th 2015 saw a record entry of 14 six metres convene at the Broads for the Shearwater Trophy. Entries were received from as far away as Fleetwood, Two Islands, Coalhouse Fort, Harwich & Dovercourt, plus locally from the Broads and Norwich clubs.
Conditions were going to be very different to last years blow. A very light south south east breeze stirred enough for race officers Terry Burton and David Grint to set a port rounding course of two large triangles with separation for the start and finish.
Sailing, or at times drifting, was proving very challenging throughout the morning with several changes of race leader during the fifteen minutes or so it took to sail each race.
Coalhouse Fort’s Colin Goodman sailing a very well set up Renaissance took the first two race wins, closely followed by David Green, of Two Islands, sailing a Ravenna and Bernie Guest of the Broads club also sailing a Ravenna. John Alexander of Harwich and Dovercourt sailed his Rococo on the incorrect course, allowing Mark Holt of the Norwich club to claim third place with his Tias.
Stan Cox sailing an Octavia lead away for race 4 closely followed by Tony Garners Ravenna, Mark Holt and Colin Goodman. Tony managed to hold on for a close race win.
Conditions remained very light producing close racing with several skippers very close for the top 5 places at lunchtime break.
Colin Goodman continued to dominate but with Dave Green, Mark Holt and John Alexander all in contention.
Vinnie Zammit, of the Broads club, sailing a borrowed Ravenna, was sailing well but had to retire because of equipment failure.
Mike Ewart from Two Islands, Fleetwood’s Shaun Holbeche, both sailing Ravennas, were battling with Geoff Earle from Harwich & Dovercourt and the Broads Mike Howard for the mid race places.
11 Races were eventually completed, and well a deserved victory went to Colin Goodman from Coalhouse Fort with 13 points.
Two Islands David Green took the second place with 23 points, third place to Norwich’s Mark Holt with 30 points and Harwich and Dovercourt’s John Alexander 4th with 38 points and Fleetwood skipper Shaun Holbeche 5th with 46 points.
It was great to see 14 six metres on the water in one fleet with several of the public enjoying the friendly racing from both the cafe and close by.
Please click on Results for full details of the final positions.
D GRINT .BRYC.