Reedham Regatta started off on Saturday
with typical weather for the event: grey, damp and not too warm. With all
the Green Wyvern boats missing for various reasons, we were glad to welcome four
yachts from EACC to boost the fleet. Their presence also leant itself to
some closely fought races.
A brisk north westerly for the first
race on Saturday afternoon prompted many to pop in a reef or leave their
topsails behind.However, the wind
strength did mean that it was comfortably possible to tack against the ebb tide
going upriver and all entrants completed the two loops round the top mark near
Hardley Mill before running back to the finish line at Hardley Cross.
In the second start, May lost time which
she never recovered by shaking out her reef, while Pippinjack, having kept full
sail up and got a good start, soon pulled out an unassailable lead. Just
45 seconds separated the
placed yachts, but Paul Stevens won the race comfortably.
Around 20 YSC members then enjoyed an
excellent meal in the Reedham Ferry Inn, before joining forces with the EACC
crews (who had chosen to eat on board) to while away the rest of the evening.
Sunday was warmer, dry and brighter with
a south westerly which meant a fair amount of tacking for the passage race from
Reedham to Buckenham. However, with the strength eased to a force 3 and
the sun trying to show, it made for excellent sailing conditions and all enjoyed
the race upriver on the tide.
The first start boats had a more
favourable wind at Cantley, being able to enter the reach on a fast close haul,
while all those behind them had to tack. The second start boats, all close in
handicap, had a prolonged tussle for the lead in their group, which was only
broken just below Cantley when all four boats were abreast and Jessie May found
some unexpected breeze to leeward, enabling her to open up a significant gap,
which even Pippinjack could not close.
The top three finishers were all from
the first start, however, with Farthing fastest on her provisional handicap and
Anne in second place, thereby taking the trophy. Despite the pub being
closed, a pleasant lunchtime break in the sunshine was enjoyed at Buckenham
before the return leg back to Reedham.
It was a little windier in the afternoon,
but the direction had held, meaning less tacking. Again the race saw some
close sailing in the second start fleet, with Vixen and Pippinjack proving that
when both boats are at hull speed, all you can do is sail side by side.
Again, Jessie May slipped ahead of those two, but all three were still close
together at the finish line.
Gaining a little more benefit from the
ebb tide as it set in, the third start boats fared best in the afternoon, with
the slowest boat in the fleet, Marigold, taking the honours. Notably,
apart from May who visited the trees in Langley Reach, the entire fleet finished
in less than three minutes on corrected time.
Anne could only manage a fourth place, but that was enough to give her the
Beauchamp Arms Cup for the best aggregate score on Sunday and she also went home
with the overall trophy for the weekend.
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