Having started in style with a Pimms
party on Friday night, Breydon Regatta continued in fine form on Saturday with a
good breeze and dry weather. A dozen
yachts enjoyed the romp around Breydon on a reaching course, with the slow boats
being set off first to keep the race compact in order to leave enough time for
both lunch and the passage race. With
the photographer from Anglia Afloat about, as well as the club’s resident
photographer, it is to be hoped no-one was feeling camera-shy!
Most notable was the dual between Anne
and Dryad, who battled each other all the way round with Anne, despite being
nominally the faster boat, unable to get past Tim Frary and eventually crossing
the line 46 seconds behind. Dryad won the race by 14 seconds from Raisena, thus
winning that particular rivalry, but Anne had to settle for a 5th
place tie with Pandora
. Save for Fair Lady, just over 2½
minutes covered the entire fleet on corrected time – a very close set of
For the Passage Race to Reedham and back
in the afternoon (with an added loop on Breydon at the end to torture the
competitors) skippers had to choose their own start time.
With the tide turning a little early and the wind dropping out and veering
from NW to NE, the early time slot turned out to be the right choice.
This first start in fact consisted of the three slowest boats and Maidie;
the latter powering around the course in an hour and a half, nearly 45 minutes
faster than the next boat, Raisena, who left an hour later.
The fact that the three slowest boats in the fleet had the 2nd
to 4th fastest elapsed times showed just how much of a benefit that
early start was. No tight set of
results this time, but instead a spread of nearly an hour over the corrected
Many enjoyed a pleasant meal in the
Berney Arms that evening, but some who were too late to book very enterprisingly
went out and caught their own supper instead.
Sea bass, anyone?
Sunday was sunnier than Saturday and a
slight shift in wind direction gave a good course around the buoys on Breydon,
with reaches on all points of sailing. A
few reefs were in evidence, but most carried full sail and made the most of the
conditions. With the reefed Anne not
able to hold Dryad, the dual this time was between May and Cordon Rouge who,
both being on the same handicap, match raced each other all the way round, with
May eventually crossing the line half a boat’s length ahead.
At the briefing, Officer of the Day,
Robert Self had emphasised the way every second could count, bearing in mind the
Saturday morning results, and the third start clearly took this to heart,
producing a text book start between them. For
Lucky Breeze in particular, this paid off well, with David and crew managing a
second place to split Raisena and Dryad, the former getting her revenge on Dryad
for the first race.
So, with each race going to a different
winner, the overall result was very much influenced by the passage race, with
this being a fixed result to count and one of the Breydon races to be the
discard. David Walker was delighted
to win the slow boat trophy, having set out with the aim of just winning one
souvenir glass, but astonished to discover that Lucky Breeze had also won
overall. In fact her 2nd
and 3rd places easily overcame Raisena’s seven points, with the
other two high handicap boats coming in 3rd and 4th to
prove just how vital the passage race turned out to be.
The crew of Raisena did have some
consolation though, winning several prizes on the raffle, including the top two
of a gin and tonic set and the £50 hamper.