John Royce has made Breydon Regatta his final victory at the helm of Don, the veteran heavyweight Broads cruiser he sold this summer in favour of a lighter, younger replacement. It's a fitting climax to a lengthy successful partnership between yacht and helm, many of those successes at Breydon where the 38 foot Don could revel in the huge reaching courses.
To bring off this final act in the 'John and Don' saga, Royce actually borrowed the yacht back from its new owner. But it was a victory without a win. Don's fastest time in the event's opening Reedham-to-Breydon passage race, brought her only fourth place behind Dave Mackley's Honey and Paul Carrington's Sabrina 11.The winner was Paul Stevens in his self-built Amarylis.
Sunday's first race was abandoned as windless after the 15 strong fleet lay becalmed at anchor for over an hour. The final race, sailed in a modest 8 mph sea breeze was a classic Breydon two way-reaching event, but without the wind strength to power-up the largest yachts. These conditions best suited Tim Child's Privateer, which won narrowly from Anthony Landamore's Matilda with Peter Charlton in Henrietta taking third, Don's second fourth being good enough to provide the best points and win the event.
YSC Breydon Regatta.
Saturday Passage Race ( Sambrooke Sturgess Trophy) 1. Amarylis (P. Stevens), 2 Sabrina 11 (P. Carrington), 3. Honey (D. Mackley)
Fastest Passage (Greyhound trophy) Don (J. Royce)
Sunday Breydon Race 2 (Berney Arms Cup): 1. Privateer (T. Child), 2. Matilda (A. Landamore), 3. Henrietta (P. Charlton)
Sunday overall (Breeze Yard of Ale) Privateer.
Regatta 15% and over -( Breydon Tankard) Honey
Regatta Overall (Breydon Barometer) 1. Don, 2. Sabrina 11, 3. Amarylis.