The traditional OK Easter Egg Trophy weekend at Waldringfield SC was sailed in generally light and variable winds
The traditional OK Easter Egg Trophy weekend – with real Easter Eggs as prizes – saw a small but select group of boats battle around some interesting courses in generally light and variable winds.
Saturday saw the best of the wind with gusts up to 15kts, but also numerous calms and shifts. David Carroll stamped his authority on this race winning with ease from Dan Ager and Paul Jewby – who was sporting a new carbonfibre rig and had clearly gained some speed in the breeze. Race two saw a circuit around the island. Ager led early on and was soon passed by Carroll. Late arriver Terry Curtis found the lead twice but only lost it once and led to the finish. Ager was third.
Sunday saw very light winds and some long legs against the strong flood tide. Once again Carroll led followed by Curtis and Ager. Robert Deaves, who was over at the start, took a risky inshore leg with centreboard up to beat the tide and emerged at the next mark in second place. Carroll and Deaves sailed clear of the fleet to finish with yards of each other. Some way back, Curtis finished third.
The fourth race was a typical Waldringfield race with long, long beats against the tide. Deaves won the start and took the early advantage tacking along the shore to lead round the first mark. A risky choice up the next beat split the fleet in two, but Deaves and Carroll emerged ahead and built up a considerable lead round the windward mark tidal gate. Apart from briefly losing the lead at the leeward mark, Deaves covered Carroll tack for tack up the final beat to win by five boatlengths. Some way back, Ian Harris was third. Monday’s racing was cancelled through lack of a consistent breeze.
1 David Carroll GBR 2106
2 Robert Deaves GBR 2081
3 Dan Ager GBR 2100
4 Terry Curtis GBR 2101
5 Ian Harris GBR 2049
6 Paul Jewby GBR 2095
7 Simon Shaw GBR 2065