Lowestoft (Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC) Open 2007The annul trip up the A12 to the land of fish and chips, Adnams beer, doughnuts and ice cream.
A small but perfectly-formed fleet passed out though the harbour entrance into what might be compared to Rocky mountain rapids, with the tide flooding in up the coast bringing Harwich just a long port tack away. The wind SW off-shore, shifty, with a building selection of weighty gusts turning out some wet stonking brown Neptune specials.|
Brian, (much respected) race officer of the day, revealed a new and wicked plan of course-setting to enhance the normal ‘macrame handbag’ course, The sailing area was now mapped out correctly with sand banks and deep water, the navigation marks racing buoys all neatly coloured pegs, set out in a purpose-made handy tray. A piece of string scaled to 15 miles (to ensure no short measure) was wound around the little pegs. This is a brilliant form of torture that Kenneth of the Halfway YC would have died for.
The course read Pp Kp Ws E s Rs Es Rs Kp Wp Kp Ws Ps Ms Ws Ps Ks Ws! Thus the beats were hardy, the reaches blattering, and the runs very twitchy. Richard Whitworth and Nicola Brook won the start and were not seen again. Alex Jackson and Chris Downham 2nd to the windward mark and and 2nd to finish.
Alan Jackson and Lorna were 3rd to the windward mark, but neatly sailed out the back door by the first boat to pass down the reach; Liam Dempsey and Rob who went on to finish 3rd.
All in all not a vintage year but a honking hard sail, at a unique venue, in a top-class fleet of sailboat racers.
Report: Alan Jackson
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