Brilliant weather, with blue skies and a south-easterly Force 1 increasing to a steady Force 2 by the afternoon, welcomed the 20 Splash sailors to Hickling Broad on Sunday 25 April
Brilliant weather, with blue skies and a south-easterly Force 1 increasing to a steady Force 2 by the afternoon, welcomed the 20 Splash sailors to Hickling Broad on Sunday 25 April.
Two race were held in the morning before breaking for lunch, with a course set up the Broad from the clubhouse, giving cmpetitors a long beat and two runs.
In the first race some of the younger sailors new to the class found the conditions to their liking, and gave the more established Splash sailors a run for their money. Experience told in the end and James Large (1760) won from Pippa Girling (427) with David Jessop (1758) coming third.
The next race saw one of the new entrants to the class from the Optimist fleet Ian Richardson (1627) beat James Large, with Thomas Dring (831) coming in third.
After a break for lunch the third race was held with the wind having increased to a steady Force 2. From a start which saw several boats bunched up at the end of the port biased line, causing some to be over, Ian Richardson pulled out about a 20m lead over David Jessop at the end of the first round, which he then proceeded to hold for the next round before the more experienced Mr Jessop passed him on the last and won by about 50m, with James Large finishing third.
1st 1627 Ian Richardson
2nd 1760 James Large
3rd 1758 David Jessop
4th 427 Pippa Girling
5th 831 Thomas Dring