morning we were greeted with the forecasted fresh to strong southerly wind; 8
yachts came to the line for the passage race to Buckenham. The first
start all decided a reef was required and, watching from Hardley Cross, this
looked to be a wise decision.
appeared to misjudge her speed during a brief time check and soon found the
windward bank approaching fast. Paul quickly had her out and she appeared to
a running start on a flood tide, I was prepared for boats over the line, but
all judged the time well. Melinda, Pippinjack, Alice Rose and Sabrina 2
all made a good start.
second start saw a split decision between skippers deciding to reef or not.
Stella Genesta ,Modwena and Pandora III made a clean start, leaving Pan behind,
still adjusting her rig, before then hoisting and crossing the line a few
minutes late to bring up the rear. A fast sail to Buckenham saw Stella
Genesta take the win on handicap, followed by Alice Rose in second place and
Sabrina 2 into third.
our surprise we found new tenants in the pub, who welcomed us in just before
the heavens opened.
Genesta and Modwena needed to get back, so took an early sail downriver to
Reedham and Paul had found that Pippinjack had suffered some damage during the
morning collision and so decided sailing back wasn’t going to be a good idea.
was very grateful to Janet of Buckenham Sailing Club, who had kindly offered
to start our boats, allowing me to return to Hardley Cross to set up for the
Alice Rose and Sabrina 2 made up the first start, with Pandora 3 and Pan in
the second. Melinda and Alice Rose, now with reefs removed, pulled away,
with Melinda first across the finishing line, but hot on her heels was Alice
Rose, then followed by Sabrina 2, Pandora 3 and Pan.
Rose took the win and with two first places also took the overall weekend
and Sabina Priest