This year's Breydon Regatta was blessed
with sunshine and lighter winds than in recent times, which had the benefit of
leading to an incident free weekend. The downside of that is that there
isn't much to report on!
As last year, the original format was
used, with two races being run on Saturday round buoys on Breydon Water.
The first was held over lunchtime, when the tide was slacker, meaning the beat
against the flood to a mark two thirds of the way to Great Yarmouth was not too
onerous. The top buoy was laid near the confluence of the Yare and Waveney
rivers and two laps were reasonably comfortably managed by all except Lucky
Breeze, who nobly retired in order to leave time for all competitors to return
to Berney for a beer and lunch before the second race. Beth had the best
of it, coming home in first place ahead of Pollywog and Matilda.
lower buoy was brought further up Breydon for the afternoon race, making for a
shorter course on the strong ebb tide. Fortunately, the tacking leg was
now with the tide and all boats were able to finish the two lap course.
However, the same yachts filled the first three slots, but in a different
order, with Matilda doing enough to take first place, despite a time penalty for
touching one of the marks.
On Sunday there were early doubts about
the feasibility of racing at all, due to the almost complete absence of wind,
causing Rebecca to call it a day and head back north. There was great
regret at their departure, and possibly they regretted it too, as the
breeze later filled in to produce the best sailing of the weekend. After
delaying the briefing by an hour, it was decided to run the usual passage race
from Breydon towards Reedham, but with a prudent shortening of the course by
bringing the turning buoy half way down the Yare to Polkey’s Mill.
A time slot between noon and one o'clock
was offered, but this may have been set a little early (with the prize-giving in
mind) as all ten helmsmen chose to start within the final ten minutes.
Melody, by entering last, was able to gain an advantage by going first in a
start of her own. This meant she had
clear water for the first half of her race and, crucially, in the tricky tack
against the tide away from the top mark, being eventually rewarded with third
place. Most of the rest of the fleet
arrived at the buoy close together and were then cross tacking away from it in a
bunch. Helpfully, the very high tide
gave more room in the river than usual, which meant no-one ran aground at the
Fastest home to take the Greyhound
Trophy was Matilda, but Pollywog, with the advantage of clear air to tack in at
the rear of the fleet, took the prize for corrected time.
David Hopwood also took the Breydon Tankard as best slow boat for the
weekend and, with Glynn Howarth, shared the Breydon Barometer, each having a
first and second place.
Saturday morning - Snipe Tankard:
1. Beth (Glynn Howarth) 2. Pollywog (David Hopwood) 3.
Matilda (Anthony Landamore) 4. Dryad (David M. Walker)
5. Melody (Mark Wells) 6. Anne (Kelvin Halifax) 7. Mischief
(Steve Seeney) 8. Honey (Dave Mackley) 9. Henrietta
(Pete Charlton) 10. Rebecca (Philip Scott) 11. Wisp
(Denis Kilner) DNF Lucky Breeze (David Walker)
Saturday afternoon - Berney Arms
Cup: 1. Matilda 2. Beth 3. Pollywog
4. Melody 5. Anne 6. Mischief 7. Dryad
8. Rebecca 9. Henrietta 10. Honey 11. Wisp
12. Lucky Breeze
Saturday overall - Breeze Yard of
Ale: 1. Beth 2. Matilda 3. Pollywog
Sunday Passage Race - Greyhound
Trophy (elapsed time) 1. Matilda 2. Beth 3. Melody
Sunday Passage Race -
Sambroke-Sturgess Trophy (corrected time) 1. Pollywog 2. Beth
3. Melody 4. Honey 5. Matilda 6. Mischief
7. Henrietta 8. Anne 9. Dryad 10. Wisp
Overall (15% and over) - Breydon
Tankard: 1. Pollywog 2. Honey
Overall - Breydon
Barometer: =1. Pollywog =1. Beth 3. Matilda
4. Melody =5. Honey =5. Mischief =7. Anne
=7. Dryad 9. Henrietta 10. Wisp