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Sunny and breezy conditions were ideal
for Cantley Regatta and 12 yachts turned up to enjoy some excellent sailing,
including three from the northern rivers.
With a north westerly wind and a flood
tide on Saturday afternoon, the fleet was taken on a reach up to Langley, a tack
through the woods, a short loop up and down to (unintentionally) annoy the
fishermen, before running back down over the tide to finish at Cantley.
In the first start, Pandora III, with
too much wind to fly her topsail, was outclassed by the three Farrington 25s,
led by Pippinjack, who pulled out an unassailable lead from Anna, with Vixen
trailing behind. In the second
start, Sally did best, eventually splitting Pippinjack in first place and Anna
Twenty four members enjoyed an excellent
steak pie or chicken meal in the evening, followed by completely calorie free
desserts (?!). Unusually, there was
no late night yarning, with everyone tucked up on their boats well before
Happily there was more breeze than the
forecast force two on Sunday morning and the fleet were able to hold their own
against the strong ebb tide. Prudently
Joe Farrow, as race officer, kept the course within Cantley Reach to avoid
tacking against the tide through either the trees at Langley or past the
Despite appearing to be a simple
reaching course of three laps, the constantly shifting wind direction and
strength kept everyone on their toes. The
three Farringtons, this time with Brigand also in their start, again spread out,
with Pippinjack making a very smart rounding on her first visit to the top mark.
This put her into a comfortable lead, which she held all the way round to
again take first place. Brigand had
jib problems and could not keep up and this time Vixen had the legs on Anna and
took second place, with Pixie having the best of the second start to come home
Pixie and Sally battled it out all the
way round the course, finishing just 19 seconds apart on corrected time and,
lower down the fleet, Pandora III and Puck also had a closely contested tussle,
crossing the line almost together.
With the wind forecast to drop out in
the afternoon, Pandora III was finally able to carry her topsail.
This time there was a longer course up to Langley, downriver to Hardley
and back to the top mark at Langley, before reaching down to a buoy near the
factory and back up to the line. Both
Pandora III and Sally from the second start revelled in the conditions and
finished second and first respectively, with Pippinjack, stymied by a tack to
the last mark, when a wind shift meant everyone else could fetch it, only able
to manage third place.
However, with his two first places, the
overall trophy was already in the bag for Paul Stevens, with Sally taking second
overall and Vixen third. The prize
giving was followed by the Raffola, with Terry doing his usual fine job of
calling the numbers and a ridiculous number of tickets belonging to the
Assistant Secretary coming out of the drum, which prolonged the exercise, as
most were drawn again.
Many members, including those from the
northern rivers, stayed on afterwards, spending another convivial evening in the
Reedcutter before heading off through Yarmouth on Monday; either to go home or
to begin the club cruise.